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February 2, 1895

A FEW REMARKS ON THE EARLY HISTORY OF RECTAL DISEASES.

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KANSAS CITY, MO.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(5):162-164. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430050014001d

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Abstract

In the selection of historic medicine for my subject, I am well aware that I have chosen one that is rarely touched upon in medical societies and the current literature of the day. The study of the history and progress of medicine has ever been of great interest to me. I well remember, when holding down the benches at college, how the class used to enjoy a brief change from our routine lectures, when one of the professors would tell us about the heroes of medicine hundreds of years ago, and how such men as Hippocrates, Celsus, Galen, and others of the ancients, practiced the art and science of medicine; we listened attentively and marveled at their accuracy of diagnosis and the practical manner in which they effected a cure; this, too, with their meager knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

The science of medicine and surgery extends its inquiries over

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