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The honor of delivering the annual address on general medicine, which you have seen proper to confer on me, is one which I fully appreciate, and I now take the first opportunity presented to express to the Association as a whole my grateful thanks for so distinguished an honor.
I also take the liberty of hoping that what I may say at this time will receive the hearty approbation of this large body of representative men. Nearly all of my predecessors have spoken of the wonderful progress and brilliant successes of the profession, and, indeed, they have been truly marvelous. The latter half of this century has been one grand triumphal march to the present high plane of rational, scientific, preventive medicine, until to-day we are utilizing every element in nature to solve the many problems of disease.
Chemistry, with its fixed laws of precision, is now receiving its proper
WITHERSPOON JA. A PROTEST AGAINST SOME OF THE EVILS IN THE PROFESSION OF MEDICINE. ORATION ON MEDICINE BEFORE THE FIFTY-FIRST ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, HELD AT ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., JUNE 5-8, 1900. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(25):1589–1592. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1900.24610250001001
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