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March 2, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(9):331. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430090033005

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Our esteemed contemporary, the British Medical Journal, in a recent issue points out that " the new French cabinet includes two members of the medical profession, Dr. Chautemps, Minister for the Colonies, and Dr. Gadad, Minister of Agriculture. The Journal further states that there were "also two members of the medical profession in M. Dupuy's cabinet, namely, Drs. Lourties and Viger."

In the United States we recall but a single instance of a medical man serving as a cabinet officer, that of Dr. Oliver Wolcott, of Connecticut, who was appointed Secretary of the Treasury next succeeding Alexander Hamilton, Feb. 3, 1795, General Washington then being President. President Jefferson continued Dr. Wolcott in office and he held it until May, 1800. It is thus seen that unlike some of his successors, the Father of his Country had no objection to placing important public interests in the hands of a medical man, although

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