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February 23, 1884

Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1884;II(8):221-222. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390330025014

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Dear Sir:  —Permit me to thank you for your kindly interest in the subject, and for your generous treatment of my note of recent date.You have fully explained that the term member elect as used in the paragraph you quote: "Every member elect prior to the permanent organization of the annual meeting, or before voting on any question after the meeting has been organized, must exhibit his credentials to the proper committee and sign these regulations," was intended to include and did include all classes of members, or as you put it, "actually includes every member presenting himself for admission or registration." Your construction being official, must of necessity be accepted. As the opinion of an individual it might possibly be criticised, but as the official utterance of the organ of the Association, it, to members, must be conclusive.The importance of having one source of authoritative interpretation seems

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