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April 20, 1889

DO MATERNAL IMPRESSIONS AFFECT THE FœTUS IN UTERO?Read before the North Texas Medical Asssociation, Dec. 13, 1888.

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JAMA. 1889;XII(16):541-547. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400930001001

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We live at a period that will be memorable in the world's history. It is an age of deep and and profound thought. An age of unwearied research and investigation; and an age of brilliant discoveries.

All science is achieving grand triumphs, and results that would have confounded and amazed our ancestry of fifty years ago.

Medical science is moving rapidly and grandly forward in this upward and onward march of progress. It is rapidly leaving behind it the dictum of mere opinions and theories which for so many centuries obstructed its progress and misled the minds and wasted the energies of medical men; for, until comparatively a short time ago, theories and speculative opinions were accepted and acted upon by medical men as so many established facts.

It is no easy task to change or alter men's preconceived and long-cherished opinions, but opinions are not always facts, and an

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