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HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
MORRIS FISHBEIN, M.D. Editor, Journal of the American Medical Association and Hygeia, the Health Magazine Chicago
CHAPTER 5. The First Annual Session
When President Nathaniel Chapman opened the proceedings of the first annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Baltimore on May 2, 1848 he used strong language in telling the profession of its responsibilities. In these days when organizations throughout the nation are attempting to create popularity for themselves by the practice of what has come to be called "public relations," we hear similar indictments. The words of Dr. Chapman published about a hundred years ago resound almost as if they were of yesterday. He said:"This assemblage presents a spectacle of moral grandeur delightful to contemplate. Few of the kind have I ever witnessed more imposing in its aspect, and certainly none inspired by purer motives or having views of a
Special Article. JAMA. 1946;132(14):852–854. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870490030006