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July 15, 1905

THE INFLUENCE WHICH THE ACQUISITION OF TROPICALTERRITORY BY THE UNITED STATES HAS HAD, AND IS LIKELY TO HAVE, ON AMERICAN MEDICINE.ORATION ON STATE MEDICINE AT THE FIFTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, PORTLAND, OREGON, JULY 11-14, 1905.

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SAN FRANCISCO.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(3):169-177. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510030026002b
Abstract

It is a custom in many universities, both in this country and in Europe, to allow each professor leave of absence during every seventh year of service. This custom is doubtless based on the Sabbatical year of the Pentateuchal codes, an institution which demanded that the fields be allowed to lie fallow every seventh year. It is a question whether the Sabbatical year, as an institution, could not with benefit be introduced into matters medical, and whether we might not profit by resting every seventh year, and devoting our time, not to the strenuous throes of medical existence, but to a calm, dispassionate review of the progress of medicine in the preceding septennate, and the factors which have influenced that progress. With this idea in view I have chosen to speak to-day on an aspect of our medical progress which is now in its Sabbatical year.

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