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July 8, 1893

THE MUTUAL INTEREST OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AND INSURANCE COMPANIES IN THE PROLONGATION OF LIFE.Read before the Section of Medicine at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held in Milwaukee, Wis., June, 1893.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(2):45-48. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420540011001e

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This is a new inquiry, seeking to bring into better harmony and successful coöoperation two great institutions, i. e., scientific medicine and life insurance business. Those satisfied with what is already the rule will oppose with the argument, cui bonof the two callings are wholly distinct and entirely sufficient as they are. The argument is both fallacious and deceptive, besides being useless.

We, the medical profession, are not and do not pretend to be perfect. We are simply on the road to perfection, constantly passing many things by the, way with regretted and unregretted, if unknown, ignorance of their real nature.

If Lawson Tait had any reason to make the statement attributed to him, that "that man would be rash who would make a positive diagnosis of any given condition within the abdominal cavity," then certainly every physician must appreciate the equal necessity of the largest possible array of evidence

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