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May 25, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(21):1435-1451. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470210001001

The report of your Committee herewith submitted contains suggestions and recommendations which are made with full appreciation of the responsibility assumed. Your Committee has from the outset keenly realized the magnitude of the task to which it was set, but it has been spurred on by the hope that its work, if wisely and conscientiously performed, might if favorably received by the Association result in lasting benefit to the medical profession of America. Actuated by this motive, the Committee, after full consideration of the problem entrusted to its care, early reached the conclusion that it would be useless at this late day to suggest the adoption of either half-way or compromise measures. Thus its report will be found to contain recommendations that to many who have not studied closely the defects of present-day medical organization may appear radical.

In order to frankly lay before you a compact scheme of effective

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