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April 11, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(15):988-990. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490150040002l

Mr. President and Fellows of the College of Physicians: In the first place allow me to thank you for permitting me to address the honorable College of Physicians in the capacity of Mütter lecturer. In looking over the names of the distinguished men who have preceded me in this function, I admit that your invitation was accepted with a great deal of hesitancy. I accepted the charge because of a sense of duty to my department, and because it has been my good fortune to serve in most of the principal seats of learning in this country, and my observations have led me to the conclusion that there is a deep bond of fellowship between the military surgeon and his brethren in civil life that is largely cemented by a mutual love of all that is lofty and inspiring in the healing art. Your opportunities to set the pace as we

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