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In the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association during the Kansas City session in 1936, Dr. Harrison H. Shoulders of Tennessee submitted a resolution for the development of a plan whereby suitable recognition in the form of a medal or a testimonial might be given to Fellows of the Association who have rendered distinguished service in the science of medicine. The committee appointed by the speaker of the House of Delegates recommended certain amendments to the By-Laws of the Association, which were adopted at the session in Atlantic City in 1937. In accordance with this action, a special committee, known as the Committee on Distinguished Service Awards of the American Medical Association, consisting of five members, was immediately established. The first committee includes Drs. H. H. Shoulders, Tennessee; J. W. Amesse, Colorado; J. D. Brook, Michigan; J. F. Hassig, Kansas, and Grant C. Madill, New York. This committee
THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL. JAMA. 1938;110(7):512-513. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790070036012