Excerpt from Transactions of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, the State Board of Health: Montgomery, April 12-16, 1892
Our people are not unmindful Of the fact that your coming together has for its purpose something higher than the mere pleasure of a social gathering, something loftier than the indulgence of the human passion for debate; something nobler than the gratification of selfish ambition and private gain.
They feel that the aim and purpose of your gathering is the ad vancement of the great science of which you are devotees, the up building and maintenance of the health of the great commonwealth of which you are citizens, the securing by interchange of thought of the best methods and safest appliances for the mitigation of human suffering and the Upholding of the highest standard of professional honor and ethics which has always been the mark characteristic of your great profession.
With earnest sympathy in your great purpose, deep interest in the success of your noble endeavor and high appreciation of your unselfish devotion to the cause that needs assistance and the good that you can do, all our people extend to you a heartfelt and sincere wel come to the city of their pride and love.
It is an admitted fact that in late years in no profession has there been such a marvelous advancement as in yours. John Doe still solemnly sues Richard Roe, when in truth and in fact John Smith eeks to eject Bill Jones from his land, the scholar still seeks to find the paternity of a lost Greek word in musty volumes of forgotten lore, but no doctor now bleeds a patient to stop the ﬂow of blood from a severed jugular vein. One hundred years ago the marvel was that a Sick man should get well; one hundred years in the future and the wonder will be that one should die save from old age or mortal wound. The cause for this wonderful advance lies in the fact that each member of your profession seems to be spurred on by a sublime ambition to do something for the profession of hi Choice to find some path before unexplored that leads from darkness into light; to plant a new battery in the citadel of health; to invent a new projectile with which to penetrate the armour of disease; and, best of all, to lead his brethren along the path that he has found; to teach them the efficacy of his chosen weapon and the power of his new found ammunition; to the sole end and for the sole purpose of protecting the health of mankind and assuaging the sufferings of humanity.
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