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To the Editor:
—Having completed the history of the Summit County Medical Society, one evident fact is impressed on my mind: The records of local and state organizations are not properly kept. I do not refer to "minutes" or to any one society, for my researches brought me into contact with county, district, state and national history. Everywhere are gaps, lack of records of origin, and absence of many important items which should be obtainable if records had been properly kept.I therefore beg to suggest that every medical society dig up its past, put its history into proper shape and provide for its proper recording in the future; also that every member sign the constitution of his society and give his birthplace, date, college, etc. The birthplace should be the country with the proper geographic name; not "America," but "United States," etc.If any reader imagines these remarks to
McCormick AS. Importance of Keeping Medical Society Records. JAMA. 1912;LIX(19):1733. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110147031