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Introductory address (1840)

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 24 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2457

In the commencement of an undertaking like the present, it is customary to make some prefatory statement, by which those who give it their support may be put in possession of the views and prospects under which it comes before them. The custom is in itself a harmless one, and as some advantages attend a formal introduction and commendation of a work to the regards of the reader, we shall follow in the beaten course, and shall endeavour, on the present occasion, to set forth the main objects for the promotion of …

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