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June 17, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(24):1395. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450510053019

The unselfishness of the work done by members of the medical profession is sometimes recognized, and when it is it should be an encouragement to go on in the grand work and continue to keep commercialism outside and separate from medicine. The Chicago Tribune of June 14 has an editorial entitled "The Scientific Motive," based on the article in the June Harper's Monthly, by Dr. H. S. Williams, on the progress of medicine during the century, on which we commented two weeks ago.1 After referring to the work done, the Tribune says:

There naturally comes to one in going over this remarkable recital the reflection—though it does not seem to have occurred to the author—that these discoveries were made without the stimulus of "letters patent" or the hope of any "exclusive rights" in their results. Indeed, nothing could be farther from the sentiments of the profession than such an