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October 7, 1905

THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF SURGERY.CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE THE SECTION ON SURGERY AND ANATOMY, AT THE FIFTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, PORTLAND, ORE., JULY 11-14, 1905.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(15):1039-1045. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510150001001
Abstract

In this communication I wish, in the first place, to pay a warm tribute to the splendid work that is being done in this country by the surgical profession; and I wish to emphasize particularly the value of the contributions from the country surgeon as distinguished from the metropolitan surgeon. That a populous community is not indispensable for the development of the best and the highest the little town of Rochester, Minn., has most brilliantly demonstrated. The educated, well-balanced, conservative man, considerate of others and of himself, will find in every community abundant opportunities for the highest professional attainments; and he will there make himself a power for good and an honor to his profession.

It has seemed to me, especially in the past few years, as I have been brought in contact with physicians and patients in widely separated communities, that the time has come when we must consider

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