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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
Johnson JT. Editor Journal of the American Medical Association. JAMA. 1884;II(1):24. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390260040013
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