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May 30, 1891

MEDICAL PROGRESS.Read by Title in the Section of Medicine and Physiology, at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May, 1891.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(22):757-764. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410740001001

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My time is so limited that I can only make a very slight review of the practice of medicine, showing the progress made during so many years.

The present time can boast of great progress; yet we have much to regret as to the failures to come up to the standard of olden times in many respects. We should look well to this.

Medicine has its history, its philosophy, its politics, its literature, of which the world at large knows nothing. It has its arts and occupations; it has its organizations and institutions, and dissentions, not always amenable to logic or to the learning of the schools. In ethics, traditions and superstitions it dates anterior to the Church. Being in use before the civil law, is it any wonder that the members of our profession, drawn together by such ties, should unite as a brotherhood? Such has ever

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