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December 15, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(24):847-848. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400750019003

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In reading the abstract of the proceedings and papers presented at the recent annual meeting of the Academy, in The Journal of the 8th inst., we noticed some statements calculated to convey impressions not in strict accordance with the facts of history. It is natural and commendable for members of any legitimate society to magnify the importance and influence of the society to which they belong, provided they do not detract from the labors of others or use such expressions as lead to erroneous inferences. The abstract to which we have alluded represents the writer of "A Few Words Concerning the Academy" as making the following statement: "The Academy was organized in 1876, at a time when the standard of medical education was at its lowest point. Medical institutions were numerous and their doors thrown open to all, irrespective of qualifications.... It was at this period that the Academy began

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