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December 11, 1897

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS.

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M'MINNVILLE, TENN.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(24):1187-1189. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440500001001

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Abstract

The mission of the doctor of medicine should not be merely to relieve the physical ills of humanity. His association with the inner side of human life is the closest, his knowledge of human nature and the human mind is the most exact, therefore his ideas of their needs should be the most reliable.

These facts being true he should open his eyes to many questions that concern the moral health of humanity and its offspring.

He should study the cause and effect of moral disease, he should endeavor to become so expert as to be enabled to recognize the prodromus of vice, and above all he should seek earnestly and diligently for remedies, both preventive and curative, for moral perversion and disease.

The subject of my address is not, strictly speaking, a scientific question, yet it is so pre-eminently a question whose ultimate solution can be found only through

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