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September 29, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXIII(13):512. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421180030005

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As the detailed reports of the Eighth International Congress of Hygiene and Demography are received it becomes apparent that its practical value will be reaped quite as fully by those who staid at home as by those who attended the sessions. It is complained that the division of the Congress into twenty-six Sections made it impracticable to secure a fairly representative attendance at any; from twelve to twenty delegates seems to have been the usual number who could get together on schedule time for any given Section, while some of the Sections were closed entirely, no one putting in an appearance.

Even at the general meeting, on the last day of the session, less than fifty persons, according to the London Lancet, assembled to pass upon a long series of resolutions, submitted orally in various languages, and dealing with matters in some cases highly technical, in others involving questions of

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