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November 30, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(22):1467-1468. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470480037006

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In general public affairs the distinction between the politician—in the fin-de-siècle rather opprobrious meaning of the word—and the statesman, is not a difficult one to apprehend. Popular usage has determined the signification of "politician" to be "one who interests himself in public affairs for personal gain," while "statesman" still means "one who devotes his time and energies to the public weal," asking no reward but that satisfaction which comes from a sense of duty well done. In medical polity, which is coming to be an important department of medicine, the term "medical politician" has been for many years freely used in the opprobrious sense. That it has in large part been thus justly employed it is fruitless to deny. The facts are well known to all. The term "medical statesman" has up to this time not been found necessary. The need for it, however, is at hand, for a race

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