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November 23, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(21):1733-1740. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320210005001a

[After thanking the association for the honor conferred on him in asking him to deliver the annual address, and bearing witness to the large share taken in the past by Kentucky in support of the American Medical Association and its objects, the speaker proceeded to show that those objects were almost entirely altruistic. He took a bird's eye view of the origin of the Association from a national convention originally summoned to suggest measures for the elevation of the standards of medical education, and showed how that object had alternately come prominently forward and fallen into the background until, in 1874, a period set in in which the business affairs of the Association became almost completely subordinated to the scientific work. The speaker continued:]

During all these years, and with all the discouragements, there were some who persisted in the attempt to accomplish something. On the other hand, there were

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