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THE JOURNAL

OF THE

Missouri State Medical Association

THE OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE STATE ASSOCIATION AND COMPONENT SOCIETIES

ISSUED MONTHLY UNDER DIRECTION OF THE PUBLICATION COMMITTEE

PUBLICATION COMMITTEE

SCOTT P. CHILD, M.D.

W. H. BREUER, M.D., Chairman

M. A. BLISS, M.D.

E. J. GOODWIN, M.D., Editor

OFFICE OF PUBLICATION, 3525 PINE STREET, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

INDEX TO VOLUME XI

JULY, 1914, TO DECEMBER, 1914

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ORIGINAL ARTICLES

But we stand to-day on the threshold of a new era-united to a man, battling for human

ity's good and happiness. We build a monuPREVENTION RATHER THAN CURE*

ment to-day in memory's hall—a monument far President's Annual Address

above those for the heroes of hard fought battles

and brilliant victories, for to-day the heroes we E. H. Miller, M.D.

worship have made the results of their battles LIBERTY, MO.

and victories permanent and full of good to our

nation. It is difficult to write a message to this asso- We praise, in this new era in our civilizaciation that would not be full of oft-told tales tion, the physician who by his untiring labors and would tell a story not handed down to us and untold suffering stands on the shores of by our preceptors and the medical heroes of our seas and lakes and rivers as well as in the past. I would hardly be expected to give the heart of our inland cities, and tells the my views as to the pathology and therapy of germs of almost all our devastating diseases, some death-dealing disease; yet from the "thus far shalt thou go and no farther.” We résumé of each of these topics and the con

no longer tax our minds so much with the cure clusions that have been forced on me by forty of disease, but strive to aid in its prevention. years of practical experience in the practice of I wish to ask you, What do you think of it, medicine in Missouri, that will form the basis and where do you stand in the fight? Rather of my address to-night.

a queer question, but I wish to impress on this From the fog of varied opinions among the body the danger of failure in appreciating the leaders of our profession there has at last come true meaning of the movement. I have often a revolution that seems to me to have united heard the family physician of some prominent the medical world under one banner, and from citizen, who had risen to some high office in every land comes the triumphant shout ema- his community, say that he had cured this man nating from the hearts of our profession, “strike of some very bad attacks of sickness, and had at the cause of so much sickness and death in it not been for him that citizen would be dead. our homes rather than administer to relieve Under the past order of things he told the sickness after it has fastened its talons in our truth, but he should not have to say it, for, as bodies.”

his medical adviser, the cause of so much sickWe used to build paper monuments to the ness in this man's life should have been remedical heroes who met the ravishing diseases moved, barring some incurable malady. I mean of the past that decimated our pioneer colonies, by this, that when we officiate at the birth of and cured many of the victims by timely medi- a child we smile at the parents' happiness and cation. We loudly eulogized those who found praise the perfect physical condition of the lita cure for cholera and yellow fever, small-pox tle fellow, take our departure and leave it to or diphtheria. "The God bless you” was echoed battle with all the perils that follow its birthfrom the homes in the valleys as well as in leave it to make a fight against all the ignorance the mansions on the mountainside or seashore, of poverty and superstition, coupled with and we, as toilers along the road lined by friendly advice from the neighbors, until, if it sickness, admired their courage and lauded them lives, some day you are summoned to relieve for the results of their labors.

it of some malady it should not have had had

we done our duty as a follower of the new Delivered at the Annual Session, Missouri State Medical

light in medicine-prevent rather than cure. Association, Joplin, May 12-14, 1914.

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