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August 3, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(14):1578. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980140054011

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The annual congress of the World Medical Association will be held in Istanbul September 29 to October 5. Now 10 years old, the World Medical Association speaks with authority for doctors throughout the free part of the world and is the only organization which can speak broadly for the doctors on an international basis. The World Health Organization is, of course, of concern to many countries and their people, but its representatives are appointed by governments. Since membership in the World Medical Association is based on the national medical associations, this body speaks for the doctor. Its delegates and membership are not a government activity.

When the World Medical Association was created in Paris more than 10 years ago, there was fear that it might have a troublesome course because of restrictions on exchange of finances and also because of the lack of money in some areas. The problem was

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