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June 10, 1899

A CENTURY OF MEDICINE IN AMERICA.THE ORATION IN MEDICINE AT THE FIFTIETH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, HELD AT COLUMBUS, OHIO, JUNE 6-9, 1899.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(23):1277-1282. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450500001002

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Abstract

The duty of the hour is always the logical outcome of other duties previously done. This distinguished assembly, in whose presence, by your courtesy, I have the honor to stand, is but one of a long series of meetings of those who hold the idea higher than the act, the profession nobler than the art. The fables of the birth of Aphrodite and of Pallas Athene are deeper allegories than the schoolboy suspects. To the poet the combing of a wave and lo, upon the foam, the embodiment of all that is beautiful in nature; a flashing bolt and at Jove's brow the incarnation of all that is pure and wise in spirit. But to the student there is no such instantaneous achievement. Beauty and wisdom do not take the world by storm. The forces of nature are at work through all time, till Venus comes and eons pass away

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