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SEVERAL sections of the Scientific Assembly of the American Medical Association will soon be celebrating centennial observances. These sections, originating in 1859, were conducted as a group of special medical organizations at A. M. A. meetings for many years and often were the only specialty groups in existence. For instance, the Section on Surgery carried on its program for more than half a century before the American College of Surgeons was founded. The programs consisted largely of essay types of presentations, and there was little or no coordination between sections. Each section made up its own program independently and published its own volume of proceedings.
The first meeting of section secretaries took place in 1913, at which time emphasis was placed upon better coordination of subjects among the various sections. In 1914, the Council on Scientific Assembly was established to assist section secretaries in this endeavor. For many years, however,
SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM AT SAN FRANCISCO MEETING. JAMA. 1958;166(11):1332–1333. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990110068013
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