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October 6, 1956


Author Affiliations

Napa, Calif.

Former editor, Bulletin of the Napa County Medical Society.

JAMA. 1956;162(6):601-602. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.72970230021023

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Most large medical societies already publish their own periodicals. What about the small society? It, too, should have a regular means of communication. The basic purpose of having a monthly bulletin put out by the medical society consists primarily of getting local medical news of interest to its physician members. It is just another means of the "grass roots" approach to the dissemination of information of special importance to members of the particular society. Any physician who has attended small society meetings has been witness to situations where there was either (1) a guest lecturer and no business meeting, so that the physician remained completely oblivious to the medicopolitical matters that concern him; or (2) an excessively prolonged business meeting where a particularly interesting point of discussion obliterated the necessary planned program.

Between meetings, an active medical society office floods its members' mailboxes with notices of future meetings, lists of

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