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January 5, 1901

THE PAST AND THE FUTURE.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(1):36. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470010040002

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Abstract

With this issue we begin a new year and a new century. That just closed has been without parallel in the world's history in its material and scientific advances, and our science and our profession have not been the least sharers in the progress. The surgery of the beginning of the 19th century, as a distinguished authority has said, was nearer to that of the times of Hippocrates than to that of the present day, and the same is little less true of medicine in general and its related sciences, though the fact may not be so immediately apparent. In no corresponding period of the world's history as we know it, have there been so many epoch-making discoveries and so marked a general advance.

The medicine of 1800 was hardly less antiquated than its surgery, when compared with that of the present day, and this difference is not a matter

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