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August 26, 1911

MEDICAL Revolution.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(9):760. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260080324035

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Abstract

This little book is a plea for a national preservation of health based on the natural interpretation of disease and is dedicated to the "intelligent and puzzled layman, to medical officers of health and general practitioners and to medical students to whom belong the future of our profession." The emphasis laid by the writer on prevention rather than cure is another indication of the rapidly changing views regarding the function of the medical profession. Probably the most suggestive and practical chapter is that on organization, in which Macilwaine pleads for a systematic and intelligent effort to make the collective experience of the entire medical profession of value to each member. After discussing the enormous practical experience of individual physicians at the end of long years of service, and of the profession in the aggregate, he says, "We have no organization for the collection, digesting and systematizing of experiences. The vast

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