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January 1, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(1):42-43. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440530048009

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The Practitioner has lately congratulated the British medical profession on the limited extent to which it suffered contamination from American medical science at the late (Montreal) meeting of the British Medical Association. The meeting in question was an excellent exhibit of how far philistinism has sunk British medicine beneath the level of American and continental (European) medical science. The section work in the main would not disgrace a third-rate American medical society of the mutual admiration type. The section on psychology, for example, sank far below the corresponding Section on Neurology and Medical Jurisprudence of the American Medical Association. In the last a European continental physician would find himself at home; in the first he would feel that, like Faust in Auerbach's Keller, he was among people,

With little wit and ease to suit them, They whirl in narrow circling trails Like kittens playing with their tails.

The downward social

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