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The real success of the Association meeting depends mainly upon the work done in the Sections. The general addresses vary widely, and although they often present very excellent discussions and résumés of our present knowledge, still they are not presumed to reflect the best scientific work, but to deal in a general and popular way with medical interests generally. The officers of the Sections are, after all, more influential in directing medical progress. They should not leave the topics altogether to the chance of volunteers to prepare and read papers; nor after inviting and receiving a dozen or more papers on widely differing topics, and finding it impossible to group them in any natural order, should they proceed to serve them up on the time plan in the order of their reception. The officers of each Section should select one or more general topics that have a broad interest to
SECTION MEETINGS OF THE ASSOCIATION.. JAMA. 1891;XVI(9):309-310. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410610021003