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September 6, 1952


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Patuxent Research Refuge Laurel, Md.

JAMA. 1952;150(1):52. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680010058023

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To the Editor:  —In conjunction with the 17th North American Wildlife Conference in Miami, Fla., March 17 to 19, 1952, a number of investigators met informally and officially organized the Wildlife Disease Association. During the previous year a preliminary draft of a statement of scope and purpose had been prepared by Drs. Bell, Cheatum, and Jellison. This was circulated among other members of a committee, and their suggestions were incorporated into the statement where it seemed justified during discussion at the Miami meeting.Wildlife management in North America has attained the status of a recognized profession. As professions go, it is a youthful one, but the responsibilities with which it is charged are heavy. It is asked to manage desirable populations of wildlife species so that they may be at least maintained, and in many instances increased beyond their current numbers. On the other hand, the profession is charged with

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