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August 6, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(6):487-488. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740580055019

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A Superfluity of Scientific Societies  Like many other countries, Germany is suffering from a superfluity of scientific societies and scientific sessions. Many of the proposed sessions have been postponed because of the economic depression. But the number of special societies, following the limitations of the specialties, and also the boundaries of the provinces and other geographic systems, has not been reduced. Therefore, one of the oldest scientific societies in existence, the Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Aerzte, has suggested the idea of forming a league of the German scientific and medical societies, the purpose being to rationalize the many scientific meetings announced in spite of the depression and to eliminate if possible the unpleasant irregularities of a temporal and material sort that seem constantly to arise under present conditions. In the second half of the year 1931, forced by the economic conditions, which affected physicians severely, a reduction in the number

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