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July 1, 1893

ADDRESS ON STATE MEDICINE.Delivered before the American Medical Association at the Forty-fourth annual meeting held at Milwaukee, June, 1893.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(1):23-27. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420530035001a

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Abstract

THE EXTINCTION OF CONTAGIOUS DISEASES.

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen:—Is the idea utopian or has the time come in the history of the world when it should be considered a rational thought, worthy of serious contemplation? When a standard so lofty as this should be raised, and around it gather physicians, sanitarians and philanthropists fully determined upon a great struggle and animated by a reasonable confidence in ultimate success?

Concerning the great epidemic diseases, encouragement may be found both by a reasoning from analogy, in the study of their respective histories, and in the contemplation of modern knowledge and methods.

The history of the world shows us that whole races of men and other animals have become extinct. Why should not races of microbes become extinct? And certain diseases that once ravished the earth in epidemic form have so lost their inherent strength or have been so controlled in the

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