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May 24, 1890

ADDRESS ON STATE MEDICINE.Delivered at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Nashville, Tenn., May 21, 1890.

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JAMA. 1890;XIV(21):754-760. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410210018001b

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In appearing before you, under the mandate of your committee that I should give an Address on State Medicine, I feel like a culprit about to be tried for obtaining your attention on false pretenses, with the additional discomfort of knowing that the most ingeniously unscrupulous member of the metropolitan Bar could not, by the utmost stretch of his professionally elastic conscience, find aught to plead in my defense. For my crime is deliberate and with malice aforethought.

When I was informed of the duty imposed upon me, I at first contemplated the fulfilment of the task; but considering the portentous range of State Medicine—which embraces all the possible relations of our profession to the common wealth, including medical jurisprudence, medical legislation of every sort, national or international, and sundry other collateral subjects, beside public hygiene—it became evident that the briefest essay to cover such a field would be somewhat

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