Source: Virginia Medical Semi-Monthly
Source type: journal
Document type: public address
Document title: “Benefits of Medical Societies—The Value of Papers and Their Discussion; of Pathological Specimens; of Social Features, etc.”
Author(s): Carr, William P.
Date of publication: 22 November 1901
Volume number: 6
Issue number: 15
Pagination: 365-67 (excerpt below includes only page 367)
|Carr, William P. “Benefits of Medical Societies—The Value of Papers and Their Discussion; of Pathological Specimens; of Social Features, etc.” Virginia Medical Semi-Monthly 22 Nov. 1901 v6n15: pp. 365-67.|
|William P. Carr (public addresses); McKinley assassination (news coverage: personal response).|
“The President’s address, delivered at the annual meeting of the Medical and Surgical Society of the District of Columbia, October 4, 1901” (p. 365).
“By Wm. P. Carr, M. D., Washington, D. C.” (p. 365).
Benefits of Medical Societies—The Value of Papers and Their Discussion;
of Pathological Specimens; of Social Features, etc. [excerpt]
There was never a time when medical men were
so closely criticised as at present. Newspapers are continually publishing articles
upon medical topics, and reporting the history and progress of prominent cases.
We have just had a notable example in the case of President McKinley.
Differences of opinion and criticisms have been published in all the daily papers. Such occurrences are deplorable, as they reflect more or less discredit upon the whole profession. This spirit of criticism is not confined to medicine, as instanced by the squabbles of the army and navy. Nevertheless, we are particularly interested in those relating to medicine. I believe that if we could multiply our small societies until every physician was a member of one of them, rash talk and unwise criticism would be almost abolished.