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I am familiar with the fact that it is expected that the general address on surgery read to this Association shall be a résumé of the advances made in each and every department of the science and art of surgery, since the previous meeting. To have gone over this entire field would have consumed more of your valuable time than you would like to grant, and involved a task too burdensome for me to undertake. I, therefore, determined to select some single subject for my address. I was then confronted by the fact that every single subject of importance would be fully discussed in the section on surgery; hence I was embarassed in selecting one, for the reason that I wished to edify rather than fatigue you. This, then, was the rub. Having confined myself for fifteen years to a special line of practice, it occurred to me that it
MATHEWS JM. THE ADDRESS ON SURGERY.Delivered at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at It'ashington, D.C., May, 1891. JAMA. 1891;XVI(19):654–664. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410710006001a
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