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February 20, 1960


JAMA. 1960;172(8):819-821. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.63020080004014

My task as Chairman of the ad hoc Advisory Committee is to review the scientific activities of the American Medical Association to describe the forest of which the individual trees have been described by my colleagues reporting on the deliberations of the five sections. In doing so I wish to acknowledge the assistance of each member of the Committee who contributed. It was clear that the members of the Committee are conscious of the fact that this is the first such conference convened by the A. M. A., and in that sense it has been a revolutionary occasion—an occasion in which we are trying to see how revolutionary forces can be channeled to produce evolutionary changes. We feel that the opportunity to learn more about the organization of the A. M. A. and to meet with representatives of the Board of Trustees, the Councils, Committees, Departments, and the staff has

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