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June 12, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(24):1102-1110. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440240006001a

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the American Medical Association:  —It is always proper to acknowledge an honor, but when it comes unsolicited from so large and distinguished a body of men, representative of the entire profession in the United States, and on an exceptional occasion, I feel it a double honor to have been chosen to deliver the semi-centennial address in surgery. I beg to return you my very hearty thanks for your extreme kindness.As we celebrate on this occasion the semi-centennial of the organization of the American Medical Association, in this city, in 1847, it is very natural and proper, that the Address in Surgery should be a review of the work done in the last fifty years, and by contrasting the state of surgery and of surgical teaching in 1847 with that which exists in 1897, to see what progress has been made. To recount what has