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October 11, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(15):916-917. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480410040003

Dr. Osler's address1 on "Chauvinism in Medicine" before the Canadian Medical Association is an excellent one and is worthy of attention. Chauvinism in medicine is a reality, and it is not limited by national boundaries alone; it may exist in limited sections of the same country—though perhaps its most striking manifestations are seen existing together with other national prejudices. The subvariety of provincialism which Osler makes is strongly in evidence, and there was a certain appropriateness in that his address was delivered in a province where any outsider, however eminent he may be, unless with British or colonial qualifications, must take a course in a local institution before receiving license to practice medicine. We have troubles of our own; sectionalism is not unknown in the United States, as is innocently shown in many unconscious ways by most of us. We are all fallible and none of us live quite