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December 21, 1907

The Life of Nathan Smith Davis, A.M., M.D., LL.D., 1817-1904.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(25):2106-2107. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530250058020

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No physician in his time had a greater influence on our profession, none was better known, none better loved, than Dr. Nathan Smith Davis. He was a man of action, and that action was not limited to local but extended to national affairs, at least so far as concerned medical matters. He is called the father of the American Medical Association, not only because he individually was responsible for calling the national convention which resulted in its organization, but because he was the one active figure present at every meeting for the first half-century of its existence, and because during that time he did as much in directing its activities as any other one man.

It is a pity that when Dr. Danforth started to gather material for a biography of Dr. Davis, he found so little in the form of correspondence and manuscript to aid him. "I have been

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