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June 11, 1892

ADDRESS ON GENERAL MEDICINE.Read before the American Medical Association, at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

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MEDICAL DIRECTOR UNITED STATES NAVY.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(24):741-745. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411280017001b

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Abstract

In accepting the invitation to fill the breach caused by the illness of your appointed speaker on general medicine, I can but feel that I have imprudently undertaken a weightier task than, at the time, I fully realized. The very flattering terms, in which the appeal was conveyed, left me no option to decline, and blinded me to the responsibility I was assuming in agreeing to address this great body of experts in medicine on the vital issues involved in the address expected. Hence, I can only ask your indulgence for my shortcoming in begging you, who lead busy lives, to reflect how impossible it is to do in a few short days, what is, rightfully, the careful deliberate work of preparation for a whole year. What I say, therefore, shall only be in the way of desultory comment on medicine in general, instead of a systematic digest of the

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