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November 15, 1930


Author Affiliations

From the Section on Clinical Pathology, the Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1930;95(20):1465-1467. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720200001001

It is evident from the title of my paper that the Section on Pathology and Physiology may not have followed precedent in honoring me by election to the chairmanship of the section. The last chairman was a physiologist, and according to custom I should be a pathologist. However, as my field is distinctly known as "clinical pathology," I shall present for your consideration my views as to the relationship of the clinical pathologist to the physiologist and to the medical profession in general.

This section of the American Medical Association has existed in its present form for almost thirty years, and it came into being as part of the evolution of modern medicine. It represents the realization of ideas somewhat vaguely formed in the minds of the early founders of the Association. As you know, the American Medical Association grew out of the meetings of the National Medical conventions held

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