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May 7, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(19):1608. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790190078011

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It is fifteen years since the American Medical Association last held an annual session in San Francisco. At that time the membership of the Association was 88,519; today it is 109,435, the largest number ever recorded in the history of the organization. Hygeia had just been established and is now celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, with a circulation well over 100,000. A few of the state medical societies had begun efforts for postgraduate education of their members; today we publish, week by week, records of the extension of this work to practically every state in the union. Fifteen years ago the American Medical Association was publishing five special periodicals; today there are nine, including the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus. There had not been established the Council on Foods, the Bureau of Medical Economics, the Bureau of Exhibits, the Bureau of Health and Public Instruction, the Council on Industrial Health and the

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