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January 5, 1884

Editor Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA. 1884;II(1):24. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390260040013

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Abstract

In your issue of Dec. 15, brief reference is made to a suggestion of Dr. S. C. Gordon, of Maine, that stenographic reports of the discussions held in the various Sections at the annual meetings be provided for.

Such a provision, I feel sure, would well repay the cost. It might be advisable to have the reports edited, either by the editor of the Journal or a proper committee; though even this, probably, should not work a too rigid trimming of matter.

Society reports, to many physicians, constitute the most interesting portion of a medical periodical. Therein are found the prevalent views upon present and living topics—a kind of clinical discussion, we might almost term it.

Often must one regret, when a subject of interest is being handled by some of the weightiest men of the profession, that most of the valuable thoughts are uncollected, running to waste, we may

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