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July 6, 1889

THE PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS.Delivered at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Newport, R. I., June 25, 1889.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(1):1-10. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401030009001

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The Premier, Mr. Gladstone, after quoting the statistician who estimates the English-speaking people at the close of the next century at one thousand millions, says: "What a prospect is that of many millions of people, certainly among the most manful and energetic in the world, occupying one great continent." This destiny in numbers is startling, but the assertion of Dr. Dollinger, a German scholar, portrays the culture of the future almost as strikingly when he says "that the intellectual primacy of the whole world is certain to fall to the Anglo-Saxon race." Most of that race will be in America.

Looking to such a future the position of the learned professions is certainly conspicuous — their obligations imperious. Medical men should be loyal to this grand destiny.

An eminent modern critic, in discussing civilization in America, while admitting that we have well solved the political and social problems, asks what

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