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May 31, 1947


JAMA. 1947;134(5):459-469. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880220043015

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(The Evening Star, Washington, D. C., May 13, 1947)  Emerson's doctrine that a great institution is "the lengthened shadow of one man" is subject to amendment in certain cases. The American Medical Association, now celebrating the centennial of its establishment, was the result of a matching of the minds of a number of men of distinction. It grew from two conventions, held at New York and at Philadelphia in May 1846 and May 1847. The constitution in its current form declares: "The object of this Association shall be to promote the science and art of medicine. Contributing to this end, the association shall endeavor to unite into one compact organization the medical profession of the United States for the purpose of fostering the growth and diffusion of medical knowledge, of promoting friendly intercourse among American physicians, of safeguarding the material interests of the

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