It is one of the duties of those who address you, as I do to-day, to review what has been newly discovered in the field of medicine or in some limited department of it. At this first meeting of the American Medical Association in the twentieth century, it seems most natural to review what has been accomplished in the last one hundred years. The time at my disposal is too brief to read to you a complete history of the achievements of this wonderful epoch, for more of genuine advancement has been made in medicine during it than during all the preceding centuries together. It is only possible for me to point out some of the reasons for the rapid development of medicine, to recall to your minds some of the most important discoveries and applications of them.
A century is not so long a time as we are apt
DAVIS NS. INTERNAL MEDICINE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. ANNUAL ORATION IN MEDICINE, DELIVERED AT THE FIFTY-SECOND ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, HELD AT ST. PAUL, MINN., JUNE 4-7, 1901. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(23):1606–1611. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470230008002
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