Some of the Triumphs of Modern Medicine
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 5 Jan 1910, p. 77-88


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Some of the Triumphs of Modern Medicine


Progress over the last century in understanding the nature of disease; in finding out how to prevent disease; and in discovering cures for disease. This progress over the last century more than in all the time preceding. To what this great progress is due. How the researches of Pasteur and Koch in the last quarter of the last century started an entirely new era in our knowledge of the causes of infectious diseases. Preventive medicine scoring two great triumphs before these studies were made. A brief survey of some of the more important results achieved since 1876. One of the latest conquests: Flexner's studies of the dreadfully fatal or maiming disease known as cerebro-spinal meningitis. The public at large only just beginning to appreciate what modern medicine is doing to prevent disease. Notable interest in the prevention of disease which is being manifested by leading economists. How society benefits indirectly from the prevent of disease. The need for education in the home and in the schools in the fundamental facts of personal hygiene. The ability of societies of various sorts for public health and social welfare purposes to do much, especially in initiating movements or undertaking work which later on can be turned over to the authorities of town or state. More and more the function of government to deal with these matters. The United and Canada far behind England or Germany in Government care of the public health. The deficiency of our laws in this regard; our lack of trained sanitarians and experts in public health matters. Comparisons with England and Germany in terms of vocational training. Canada at this time astonishing the world by the advances it is making in material prosperity. The speaker's belief that Canada will realize more quickly than most nations the value of the investment of large sums of money in medical research, and that there will be no difficulty in enlisting the aid of wealthy private individuals, and of the Government in its endowment.