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July 20, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(3):202. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470290048009

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The proposition made at Montreal this summer to found a French-speaking medical association for this continent does not apparently receive the endorsement of the English-speaking physicians of Canada. The Canadian Journal of Medicine and Surgery deprecates the movement and believes that it would be in no way representative of Canadian medicine; that it would be more patriotic and sensible to form a bilingual Canadian body, in which both languages could be used, and thus sink minor differences in behalf of their common country. Of course, such a body as that proposed at Montreal would be maintainly French-Canadian, the French element in the United States being usually rapidly absorbed in the English-speaking general population. It is a misfortune for Canada that political and religious reasons have there preserved racial types and speech, but with existing conditions it is not unnatural that the French-speaking members of our profession, predominating as they do

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