November 14, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(20):547-549. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391190015005

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Such is the title of a timely editorial article in a recent number of the Maryland Medical Journal, of which our only regret is that it was rot longer. Our contemporary recommends that local societies should follow the good example of the Baltimore Academy of Medicine, which offers a prize for the best paper read before the Academy during the year. In addition to this, it is recommended that accurate reports of the proceedings of a society be made when they are to be sent to various journals in the country for publication.

Of the two suggestions we regard the latter as the more important. A reward for the best paper is undoubtedly a stimulus to writing good papers. But the experience of our school days should remind us that comparatively few compete for honors and rewards. The fact that a paper, or a discussion of a paper, is to

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