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No person however equipped for the duty, who duly appreciates the undertaking, can arise to address an audience of men trained in any department of science without embarrassment.
This embarrassment is increased with the consciousness of the want of the special knowledge in which the audience before me are adepts, and by the different schools of professional life in which we have been trained.
Before me is an audience of men selected from the most eminent of the devotees of the most abstruse of physical sciences, while I have no claim to their attention, but the having from an unfortunate accident, presented a case which has attracted the notice of some very eminent persons in one of the departments of their humane profession.
The teachings of experience are that the human race are prone to violate the laws of life and health, and all of the analogies of Nature as
SHEFFIELD HWP. JOHN CLARKE, PHYSICIAN, PHILANTHROPIST, PREACHER AND PATRIOT. An Oration delivered before the American Medical Association, June 25, 1889. JAMA. 1889;XIII(8):253–257. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401060001001
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