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During the first fifty-five years of its existence, lack of effective organization and of sufficient funds prevented the American Medical Association from undertaking to carry out certain objects that from time to time have been emphasized as advisable for the good of the profession. During this time the work of the Association along these lines was limited to the occasional adoption of resolutions, or to the appointment of committees which could do little but make recommendations. In 1902 the feeling which had been growing that a closer and more effective organization was required resulted in the adjustment of the principles of medical organization to present-day conditions, and in a most remarkable organization movement on the part of an awakening profession. At the same time, careful, conservative management on the part of the Board of Trustees, combined with the application of modern business methods to the conduct of the affairs of
THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: ITS FRIENDS AND ITS ENEMIES.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(10):778-779. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520100050004