March 8, 1884

Editor Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA. 1884;II(10):272-273. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390350020011

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February, 26, 1884.

Notwithstanding it was distinctly announced by yourself at the June meeting of the Association of 1883, that permanent members of the Association could not vote, except they were there as elected and duly certified delegates, holding credentials from some one of the medical societies or associations known and recognized by the American Medical Association as legally organized bodies; there are some who still hold that a permanent member has an inherent right to an equal franchise with the certified delegates.

In the 2nd section of the articles or plan of organization, adopted and embodied in the Transactions twenty-four years ago, we find the following, which I think should settle this point, both in principle and in practice. It reads thus: "Permanent members shall at all times be entitled to attend the meetings, and participate in the affairs of the Association, so long as they shall continue to

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