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January 11, 1947


Author Affiliations

Editor, Journal of the American Medical Association and Hygeia, the Health Magazine Chicago

JAMA. 1947;133(2):100-104. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.62880020001007

CHAPTER 10. The Question of Cultism in Medical Practice  1870-18741870

WASHINGTON, D. C.  As the delegates assembled in Washington for the Twenty-First Annual Session in 1870, there were signs of disaffection within the Association. Majority and minority reports from the Committee on Arrangements were promptly referred to the Committee on Ethics for decision. Several members took a hand in the argument. Eventually it developed that the Massachusetts Medical Society was tolerating in its midst men acknowledged to have become homeopaths and eclectics. The committee felt that the society could not be barred from the current convention because of the presence of these members but felt that unless the said society took the necessary steps to purge itself of irregular practitioners it ought not to be entitled to future representation in the American Medical Association.There was also some disturbance over the number of delegates from the District of Columbia.