February 14, 1891

Shall The Journal be Removed to Washington?

JAMA. 1891;XVI(7):248. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410590031019

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To the Editor:  I am greatly surprised at the letter of Dr. Solis-Cohen in The Journal of January 31. I admit that The Journal has not reached the standard of excellence which the profession have a right to expect. I am, however, satisfied that "sectional prejudice" and personal ambition in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, have had not a little to do with this lowering of the standard. Dr. Solis-Cohen makes the assertion that the removal to Washington would overcome all the present' difficulties.Washington is not, and cannot be a centre for this country. Even the political conventions are not held there, and the only thing that preserves it as the National Capital is the amount of money expended in permanent government improvements.Perhaps The Journal would not in Washington be debased to a " local " organ, but what assurance would we have that it would not be practically debased

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