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September 22, 1888

RECENT ADVANCES IN STATE MEDICINE.The Annual Address by the Chairman of the Section on State Medicine, Delivered at the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, May, 1888.

JAMA. 1888;XI(12):397-405. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400640001001
Abstract

The By-laws of this Association require that "The Chairman of each Section shall prepare an address on the recent advancement in the Branches belonging to his Section." Thus the subject of this address is fixed; yet, most of us are too busily occupied with professional or official duties to study carefully all of such work reported in all parts of the world, especially as the field in State Medicine is so very extensive, depending upon, and utilizing, as it does, the progress in most of the medical and allied sciences. One must have a very broad view, much leisure, a good knowledge of several languages, and be familiar with the requirements of practical sanitary work, in order to summarize fully the "recent advancement in the Branches belonging to" this Section. I cannot hope to accomplish so much, and, if I could, you could not listen to it in forty minutes.

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