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To the Editor:
—Here is an early prophetic reference to the American Medical Association, found in "Physician and Patient; or, A Practical View of the Mutual Duties, Relations and Interests of the Medical Profession and the Community," by Worthington Hooker, M.D., published in 1849. The reference is found in the chapter on "Means of Removing Quackery":The sensible and influential in the community can render effectual aid in the overthrow of quackery, by promoting the strict observance of the rules of medical intercourse. These rules are not officially understood and appreciated by the public. If they were, those who have influence in society would frown down the base arts of a cunning competition, instead of encouraging them, as they now often do, and would give no countenance to the false issues, upon which empirics and dishonorable physicians so much depend for their success. For a full view of this subject
Nixon PI. THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1933;101(25):1984. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740500064030
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