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January 13, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(2):65-67. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610020001001

From my earliest recollection the science of medicine was to me a charm and a fascination, as presenting instrumentalities, agencies and opportunities of greatest good to the human family. Hence I should be singularly inappreciative, if I did not esteem the honor of presiding over the deliberations of this august body, assembled from the various states composed of and bordering the great Mississippi Valley, to advance our noble calling and thereby promote the happiness of our fellow man, as one of the most grateful of my life. Thus influenced, it is but natural that I should now wish to suggest something that, perchance, might be useful and pleasingly remembered.

The sciences of medicine and law are confluent and blend in the splendid duality of medical jurisprudence, and it is to be regretted that so few members of the two professions give this subject the attention which its importance demands. A