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
RICHARDSON MH. 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
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