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In the 59 years which have elapsed since the organization of the American Medical Association a number of changes have been made in the original constitution and in the provisions regarding membership, delegates, etc. As few of the present members of the Association know the history of the development of the Association we have thought it advisable to consider them under the heads of the various points involved. We shall, therefore, first discuss the question of membership, later taking up matters relating to qualifications and election of delegates and the relations of county, state and national organizations to each other, as well as some historical points regarding the attitude of the Association toward medical education, proprietary medicines, medical registers, etc.
The original plan of organization as adopted in 1847 provided that "members of the American Medical Association... should hold their appointment to membership either as delegates from local institutions,
THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.ITS PURPOSES AND OBJECTS HISTORICALLY CONSIDERED.. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(22):1693-1696. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510490039002a