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September 30, 1893

SANITARY MOTES AND BEAMS.Opening Address of the Section on Hygiene, Climatology and Demography, Pan-American Medical Congress, by the President.

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JAMA. 1893;XXI(14):491-495. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420660021001g

"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"—(St. Luke, vi., 41-42.)

These words of the Teacher of humanity which "the Beloved Physician" of the first century has recorded, are an appropriate text for the opening address in the important Section with whose conduct I have been charged in this Congress.

Time was—and that no long time—when Hygeia, the neglected Cinderella of the medical family, slunk unnoticed among menials. Now that she graces the salon her proud sisters caress her and suitors court her favor. As an old admirer of this fair mistress whose colors I have worn through youth and manhood, I may be pardoned the personal exultation that I have lived to see her suzeraine.

The ascendency of hygiene has greatened and glorified medicine without dimming the luster of any other branch, but though