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September 16, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(12):423. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420640027002

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The meeting of the Pan-American Medical Congress was attended by few, if any, of the unfortunate misunderstandings that so frequently leave unpleasant memories.

No congress, medical or secular, has ever had deeper motives of patriotism for its mainspring. The medical profession of the Western hemisphere were anxious to take the initiative steps in the formation of this new medical union, which means the emancipation of the profession of medicine of this part of the globe from European control.

This great change can not be immediate, but it is sure. The future medical students of Pan-America will attend the universities of the United States, Mexico and South America. Berlin and Paris schools will attract them no more than the older institutions of Padua and Leyden.

The progress of civilization is ever westward. Athens and Alexandria were succeeded by Salernum and Cordova; they in turn by Paris and Edinburgh.

Boston and Baltimore

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