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March 19, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXX(12):636-641. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440640004002

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It is with pleasure that I respond to the polite request of the energetic and distinguished President of Shurtleff College and speak to you at this time and place. The subject assigned was part of your annual series, and one naturally congenial to me. I feel, however, very deeply my sense of responsibility of inadequately treating so vast a subject and of doing justice to a profession which is only junior to that of the priesthood itself, and has proceeded from such an early period of time that its records blend with the legends of mythology and the Vedas, Vagas and Charakas of oriental lore. The friends of Shurtleff College should take a deep interest in matters pertaining to the medical profession; for, its name is due to a member of that profession, Dr. Benjamin Shurtleff, of Chelsea, Mass., its founder.

As to the origin of the profession of medicine,

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