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The stream rises no higher than its source, the fabric partakes of the color and character of its component fibers; and the medical profession is no exception to this rule.
Certainly it is not to be denied that medicine stands sponsor for much that is intimately associated with human progress, happiness and well-being. We look with satisfaction at the record of medical science and point proudly to her achievements in the relief of human suffering and in the prolongation of human life. Vaccination, anesthesia and antiseptics compare well with any of the discoveries that grace the annals of human progress in any field. Pathology and bacteriology have thrown beneficent light on many of the hidden problems and have placed some of the older tenets of medical faith on a scientific basis. In the virgin but fertile field of preventive medicine a few furrows have been turned, some seed scattered, and
GIFFORD UG. THE RELATION OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION TO THE PUBLIC. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(26):1325–1327. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431040007001a
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