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May 31, 1890

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

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JAMA. 1890;XIV(22):773-780. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410220001001

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It may be positively asserted that more progress has been made in the Science and Art of Medicine during the last fifty years, than in all the centuries which had elapsed since our profession broke loose from the apron strings of the priesthood and escaped the confines of the barber shop. If this may be truly predicated of our profession in general, the branch of Surgery exhibits this progress in a more recognizable degree than the other chief division, or that of the Institutes and Practice of Medicine I use the words recognizable degree in order to expressly disclaim any intention of assuming that we surgeons are any further in advance than our confrères. We are mutually dependent, and must move along the same general line. But our work is more apparent, and hence our progress is more recognizable. We are more than mutually dependent bodies—we are, and we should,

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