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June 9, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(23):1770-1771. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510500034009

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In his presidential address, published in this issue of The Journal, Dr. Mayo goes directly to the point, without any rhetorical flourishes, and shows that, with all our better organization and reconciliation of differences, for which we are to be duly congratulated, we are as yet only at the beginning of what is to be done, not only for ourselves, but also in the fulfillment of our duty to mankind. The public is a quarter of a century behind advanced medical thought in matters which it ought to know, and it is one of the misfortunes of a free government that ignorance sometimes sits in high places where, together with selfish interest, it can obstruct or nullify the measures needed for the welfare of the people. The public does not sin wilfully in this matter, but it needs education, and to furnish this the medical profession, which alone can guide

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