IRVIN ABELL, M.D.
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It is a matter of difficulty, if the task be not wholly impossible, for the individual worker in any field of medical practice correctly to evaluate the multitudinous changes which are constantly occurring in this field of human endeavor. It is but a comparatively short time since didactic instruction compassed the training for a career in medicine and the armamentarium of the doctor consisted of a thermometer, a stethoscope, an obstetrical bag and a few instruments. The increase in medical knowledge during the present century has been so vast and the changes in social, economic and scientific aspects of modern
ABELL I. SOME PROFESSIONAL AND SOCIAL TRENDS IN AMERICAN MEDICINE*. Ann Intern Med. 1939;13:523–529. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-13-3-523
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1939;13(3):523-529.
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