Excerpt from Introductory Lecture Delivered at the Opening of the Albany Medical College, in the Anatomical Theatre, January 2, 1839
Contemplating this brief summary, which is but a feint and imperfect outline of the collateral departments im mediately connected with the duties of our profession, we cannot fail to be impressed with the elevated and profound qualifications it demands; nor can we suppress an involuntary shudder at the hardihood of the illiterate empiric, who ventures upon the high responsibilities of the divine art of healing, without preliminary, and even without thorough education. Indeed it is not the least among the wonders of the age, that intelligent and en lightened men will commit their own persons, their wives and little ones, their stomachs. Lungs and brains, to the terrific experiments of quackery, until they become the self-immolated victims of these murderers of the human race.
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