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November 15, 1890

THE SURGERY OF THE ABDOMEN, WITH SOME OF ITS RESPONSIBILITIES.Read in the Section of Medical Jurisprudence, at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Nashville, Tenn., May, 1890.

JAMA. 1890;XV(20):701-704. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410460001001

In these days, the closing decade of the nineteenth century; a century which has changed the whole face of civilization, and which has demonstrated by fact, that which it would seem could be but the revelation of a dream, it behooves those of us in life, whose part is confined to the healing art, to not only press forward, with the tide of progress, but we should also look into the retrospective, with a view of reaching a rational estimate of the position which we occupy, today.

The application of physics and chemistry, in manufactures, commerce, and the arts has wrought most marvelous changes. Steam and electricity, have annihilated distance; and with the rapid, onward pace of inventive genius, it would seem, that the time is near at hand, when they will wholly supplant manual labor, and entirely supercede animal force as a motor. An intelligent and broad comprehension of