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November 28, 1885

THE NINTH INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CONGRESS—WHY FURTHER OPPOSITION SHOULD CEASE.

JAMA. 1885;V(22):601-602. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391210013004

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Abstract

All who have given due attention to the progress of the work of effecting the Preliminary Organization of the Ninth International Medical Congress will remember that the sudden and apparently concerted withdrawal of prominent members of the profession, in Philadelphia and two or three other cities, from further participation in such organization immediately after the first meeting of the Committee of Arrangements, which was held in Chicago in June last, was in its terms conditional. Each notice of withdrawal ended in substantially the same language, namely: "as now proposed to be organized."

This language clearly implied two ideas: First, that there was something either in the Rules that had just been adopted by the Committee, or in the personnel of the organization, or in both, that those withdrawing could not sanction. And second, that if such objectionable features were removed, those withdrawing might renew their coöperation. The only Rule ever

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