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100 years ago: Visiting speaker emphasizes progress in medical profession

March 2, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 2, 1912:

  • "The culmination of the deal in Kansas City yesterday whereby the Gary Syndicate becomes the owner of the Kansas City Home Telephone Company and all of the stock of the Kansas City Home Long Distance Telephone company also gives this syndicate the control of the Lawrence Home Telephone Exchange. Lawrence is one of the fourteen cities in which the Kansas City Long Distance Telephone company has exchanges and the sale of this company also means the sale of the Lawrence plant.... The merger of the Home and Bell telephones is a matter that has been much agitated recently and for some time it seemed certain that such action would be taken by the two companies. It was rumored here this morning and last night that the purchase of the Kansas City plant by the Gary Syndicate was the final act and that the Gary people were simply acting as purchasing agents for the Bell, but this is stoutly denied by the Home officials and by Mr. Gary himself."
  • "Bringing a message of progress from the medical profession, Mr. W. F. Kuhn of Kansas City spoke here last night before the College Y.M.C.A. He said in part: 'The medical profession does not present such an attraction as some other professions. The ministry always has had its great leaders; the law has had its great leaders; but medicine has had to evolve out of the worst superstitions. Even in my own time, I can remember when two-thirds of medicine was superstition, and the other third was camomile tea.... But we have made progress.... Medicine as a science has not been fully established as yet, but the science of medicine today is so much in advance of that of even fifteen years ago that we stand astonished at it.... There is a temptation that comes to the doctor that comes to no other professional man. The temptation to commit abortions meets him at every turn. It comes from the high-ups and it comes from the low-downs, and the money is placed before him. I don't know of any stronger temptation that comes to the young medical man than that. To have a person from a family well known in the community come to a young man just starting out and striving to support his family and offer him money, two hundred, three hundred, five hundred or even fifteen hundred dollars to commit an abortion. This requires courage to withstand, for the almighty dollar will buy many a soul; but I am glad to say that the ethical medical profession has few of that kind of man within its ranks. I am glad to say the young men are coming from the medical colleges with clean morals and with minds on the beauty there is in the profession."

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