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December 8, 1945

Scientific Societies in the United States

JAMA. 1945;129(15):1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860490079034

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The contribution of scientific societies to the advancement of knowledge is one of the finest exemplifications of democracy at work. Much of the intensified progress in science during the war was brought about by scientific organization in which our scientific societies played a conspicuous part. The volume by Dr. Bates considers the subject chronologically, moving from the earliest societies in eighteenth century America to the triumph of specialization in the period between 1866 and 1918 and considering finally the growth of science up to 1944. This was the period during which American societies effected their international relationships—a period which will perhaps culminate in the formation of special sections of the organization of the United Nations devoted to health and science. A final chapter concerns the increase and diffusion of knowledge by means of the scientific societies. An extensive, well arranged bibliography and a fine index complete the work.

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