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September 5, 1896

THE MUTUAL RELATIONS OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AND THE PUBLIC.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(10):509-514. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430880001001

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Abstract

The Illinois State Medical Society requires of its presiding officer each year an address on some subject of his own choosing, the members of the Society for the most part constituting the audience. But to some extent the nature of the subject and the character of the audience for this evening have been determined by the circumstances under which this meeting is held, and the plans of the committee of arrangements.

The reciprocal relations and duties of the medical profession and the community is, as a theme, like an old jewel which requires an occasional resetting to bring it into harmony with the changes of time and circumstance.

While some of these relations and duties are always and everywhere the same, the subject still requires frequent restatement, both because of its perennial interest to the profession and the public at large, and also because in the progressive community the mutual

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