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September 21, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(12):420-421. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401090024006

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There is an ever present tendency among men, in a sort of vague and misty way, to venerate the past; in a way quite egotistical to magnify the present, and also to compass the future with grandiloquent interrogations.

To the first and third counts we plead not guilty —but to the second we enter our confession, since a simple statement of facts can hardly seem to those in other lands other than most notable exhibitions of egotism. When we come to enumerate the medical practitioners in the United States, the number of our medical schools and their improved facilities for teaching, the rapid development of medical societies and the numbers of medical journals that are in demand, we submit that the parallel is not to be found in the past or present history of any nation. If any one has doubts upon this subject we commend to him the simple

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