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To the Editor of the Journal:
—In regard to the communication signed "Branch," which appeared in The Journal of February 6, I submit the following: It seems that the British Medical Association is formed or made up of societies which are known as Branches, and that a man who becomes a member of a Branch is at once a member of the Association, and that a part or the whole of the membership fees and dues go to the Association. The American Medical Association is made up of permanent members and delegates from State, District, County and Local Societies. Until recently, in order to become a member of the Association, a physician had first to be delegated from his Local or State Society, and be thus registered on the books of the secretary. Then he was a permanent member as long as he stood well in his Local
Keller JM. BRANCHES OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.. JAMA. 1886;VI(9):248-249. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250020105011