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August 5, 1905

The Country Surgeon.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(6):414. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510060050018

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Millersburg, Ohio, July 28, 1905.

To the Editor:  —The president of the Baltimore & Ohio Surgeon's Association in his annual address at the Pittsburg meeting, made a statement which rural surgeons can scarcely permit to go unchallenged. He took occasion to deplore the gross incompetency of the country railroad surgeons, and suggested that they take post-graduate courses in surgery. He even intimated that the railroad company might be induced to defray the expenses of such a course of instruction. He said that the rural surgeon was necessarily inferior to his city brother, because he did not have the advantages to keep up with the progress of the science that the latter possesses, etc.Now I suppose the doctor doubtless has reasons for entertaining a low estimate of our qualifications, especially since he has the courage to express his convictions in a public address. It seems to me, however, that if

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