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June 22, 1895

THE PHYSICIAN OF THE PAST, THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE—A DEFINITION OF HIS SOCIAL POSITION.

Author Affiliations

MEMBER OF THE STATE BOARD OF HEALTH OF ILLINOIS; MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF ST. ELIZABETH'S HOSPITAL, BELLEVILLE, ILL.; MEMBER OF THE ST. CLAIR COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY; MEMBER OF THE ST. LOUIS CITY HOSPITAL MEDICAL SOCIETY, ETC. BELLEVILLE, ILL.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(25):966-971. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430250014001d

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Abstract

In this age of progress, when we behold a constant race for new discoveries in medicine and surgery, when nearly every day brings new surprises, it may not be amiss to pause and take a glance at our profession from a different point of view. May be we will discover that it needs a little attention in another direction. I admire every diligent worker, every untiring student. But with all this, the nobility of our profession must stand foremost. Our calling is not a business alone; neither honor nor the desire for dollars and cents alone are at stake. It is an exalted vocation. The unsullied social position of the physician should tower high above his other achievements.

THE PHYSICIAN OF THE PAST.  It is only for the purpose of introduction that I will dwell as concisely as possible on the history of medicine, and the physician of the past.

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