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November 18, 1893

THE RELATIVE VALUE OF THE OBJECTIVE AND SUBJECTIVE SYMPTOMS OF DISEASES OF THE UPPER AIR PASSAGES.CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. Read in the Section on Laryngology and Otology, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(21):757-759. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420730007001a

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It has been the customary duty, I believe, of the Chairman of a Section to present an epitomized review of the new facts and new thoughts evolved during the year, pertaining to the department of medicine or surgery, in this Association, to which he belongs. As highly useful and edifying as this plan has been in the past, I doubt its utility at the present time when medical literature is so widely distributed, and accessible to every physician in the land. Therefore such a compilation would of necessity fail to edify such a body of men as are assembled here.

We are aware that one of the crying evils of the present time is too much medical literature, and possibly too many medical journals. However this may be, it is doubtfully an evil, and if so will properly adjust itself in time. The fancied harm arising from a journal article

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