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December 19, 1903

Tuberculosis Congresses.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(25):1549. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490440039012

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Chicago, Dec. 12, 1903.

To the Editor:  —Your editorial in the last number of The Journal on "Tuberculosis Congresses" is most timely, and it is to be hoped that it will prevent misunderstandings in the future. Those actively working in the local associations for the prevention of tuberculosis have so far not cared to define their position in regard to these so-called "American" congresses; their time has been more usefully employed in perfecting their organization and preventative methods, and no doubt in time this will bring about the formation of a national body for the purpose of standardizing and generalizing their measures. It is indeed unfortunate that any number of men can combine and call themselves "American Congress" and by virtue of that name alone, not only persuade the unsuspecting medical and lay public of its representative character, but even as in the case of the "Bell Congress" receive the

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