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February 25, 1893

ADVANCEMENT OF SURGERY.A Paper Read before the Vigo County Medical Society, April 1890.

JAMA. 1893;XX(8):198-204. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420350004001b

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Why I should have been selected to read a paper to the Society on the "Advancement of Surgery" is incomprehensible to my mind, unless it was for the purpose of inducing me to post myself more thoroughly upon the literature of the subject. Sure it is, that I, probably of all the members, have paid less attention to the serial productions, as published in our overloaded journalism, than any other member here. And I think it is a well understood fact, that I read less of our periodical literature, as well as our secular papers, than any other member of this community. What has stood the test of ten years' popular favor becomes a part of our texts; and compared to-day with what has been introduced as novel and good, not one-tenth part bears the test of the decade. For this reason I have declined to place any of my

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