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February 15, 1919


JAMA. 1919;72(7):495-496. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610070033017

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The criticism has been made that the annual sessions of the Scientific Assembly of the American Medical Association are entirely too strenuous; too many section meetings go on at the same time, and practically every minute is occupied by scientific work, even the evenings often being given over to scientific work rather than social functions. The number of papers on the programs of all the sections have run as high as 350 or 400. There is no other scientific or medical convention, state, national or international, at which so many papers are read or so much scientific material is considered. In this country there is only one other convention that is similar in character—the Congress of Physicians and Surgeons of North America—which has met every three years at Washington. This is composed of some ten or twelve special societies which might be compared with the sections of our Scientific Assembly.

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