The debt of the American Medical Association to the medical schools of America is great indeed. But to no school is this debt greater than to the first one, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, which was founded 200 years ago this year. Many of you may know that the first President of the AMA, Dr. Nathaniel Chapman, was a graduate of Pennsylvania. But you may not know that six of the first 12 AMA presidents also were Pennsylvania alumni. In fact, in its first 100 years, the AMA had no less than 20 presidents who were graduates of the University of Pennsylvania.
Looking to the immediate future we see that our current President-elect, Dr. James Z. Appel, is another Pennsylvania man. He will be the 22nd Pennsylvania graduate to serve as AMA President.
You may be wondering how a man who graduates from an outstanding school of medicine
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