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THE SCIENCE OF CLINICAL MEDICINE:  WHAT IT OUGHT TO BE AND THE MEN TO UPHOLD IT

S. J. MELTZER, M.D., LL.D.
JAMA. 1909;LIII(7):508-512. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550070001001b.
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The honor of the presidency of a society goes with the privilege of discussing some of the aims of that society. Such a privilege becomes a duty on the occasion of its first birthday. We have to show the specificity of our objects to justify the addition of a new medical society to the many already in existence. As your first president and as one of the instigators of the movement which led to the formation of this association permit me to discuss some of the problems to the solution of which this association wishes and hopes to contribute.

CLINICAL MEDICINE AS A SCIENCE  In the first place, I wish to discuss the problem of clinical medicine as a science. In years gone by, medicine was a unit and its leaders tried to master all its aspects. With the development of scientific methods and

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