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December 5, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXIII(23):2000-2001. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570230010003

We are suffering mentally, physically and financially from too many medical societies, too many new instruments and accessories and too many surgical operations with the name of the surgeon as the distinguishing pennant of the operation. It will soon be time to appoint a board of censors centrally located to which instruments and operations may be presented and which will approve those worthy of attention before the profession and public are subjected to so-called improvements.

The practitioner and specialist of this country is particularly distinguished for a keen uplifting interest in humanity, a broad sympathy and a devotion to the greater comfort and general welfare of the patient. It is still true, however, that the most noble and skilled exponent of our special art must pay homage and reverence to the greatest queen of all—Dame Nature; her ways of prevention, medication and cure must be ours.

The mind of the

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