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September 26, 1891

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY AS A SPECIALTY.The President's Address, delivered before the American Orthopedic Association at Washington, D. C., Sept. 22, 1891.

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JAMA. 1891;XVII(13):461-462. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410910001001

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A flourishing medical society sometimes divides into Sections. It is an involuntary process, or at least one to which the members are forced by the necessity of thoroughly accomplishing the objects of the society. The process may be called an analysis. In the present instance, however, if I understand the organization of the Congress of American Physicians and Surgeons, we have a synthesis. A number of societies voluntarily combine to secure ends which were not contemplated at the beginning of each. A division of labor having been made, according to which each society has its special work to do, it is proper and useful for the societies to meet together for co-operation. Let us, therefore, briefly consider some of the salient features which mark our specialty of orthopedic surgery. A better knowledge of ourselves will put us in more quick relation with other workers, both general and special, and enable

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