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September 26, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(13):932-933. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730130036013

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The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association, its Board of Trustees, its Secretary and The Journal have repeatedly emphasized to physicians the fact that there is in this country a superfluity of medical organizations. Hardly a specialty or special branch of a specialty can be found without its own special organization. In medicine and surgery there are innumerable specialistic groups. Far be it from this journal to deprecate in any way whatever the value of organization for the accomplishment of results in any field. The record of the American Medical Association is itself sufficient evidence of what can be accomplished by a united profession. That record, however, is all the more reason for emphasizing the fact that scientific medicine must speak with a united voice and not through small groups organized for special purposes. The American Medical Association, through its county and state societies, through its House of

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