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June 14, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(24):870. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410240026004

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The wonderful strides made by the medical profession of this country in the last few years, are only equaled by the industrial and commercial progress everywhere manifest. In the early days, when the profession was engaged in battling with epidemic diseases, riding many miles to see a few scattered patients in sparsely settled neighborhoods, it was the so-called practical man that was needed—the man who wielded calomel and quinine rather than the test-tube and microscope. Now all this is changed. With increasing wealth and a denser population have come opportunities for other work. All over our land science schools and laboratories are springing up, filled with earnest workers, each striving to add his contribution, meagre though it be, to the sum of human knowledge.

It is to this class of patient workers that modern medicine owes so much, and for the encouragement of which every effort should be made. To

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