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April 4, 1942


JAMA. 1942;118(14):1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830140048015

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Several Fellows of the American Medical Association have suggested that the Atlantic City session might be removed to the interior of the country because of the possibility of increased danger on the sea coast. To obtain an official expression of opinion on this point, the editor of The Journal consulted Robert P. Patterson, Under Secretary of War, in Washington. Mr. Patterson writes:

Dear Dr. Fishbein:

I have your letter of March 23 raising the question as to whether it would be advisable to move the convention of the American Medical Association away from Atlantic City.

I know of no valid reason why this convention should not be held in Atlantic City. The partial blackout of that city has been ordered to provide safer passage of ships which would be silhouetted against the bright lights of the city.

I want to take this occasion to express my appreciation and that of

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