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May 10, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(19):505-513. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390420001001

The American Medical Association has reached an age when the thoughts of one whose retrospections extend to its birth, naturally revert to the natal period of its existence. Of those who coöperated in the formation of the Association, not many now remain, and after a few more annual meetings all will have passed away.

Thirty-eight years ago, a medical convention was held in the city of New York, in compliance with a recommendation by the Medical Society of the State of New York, in 1845. In 1839, the Medical Society of the State of New York adopted a resolution recommending a national convention to be held in Philadelphia in 1840. This action of the society was without effect. In connection with the recommendatory resolution adopted in 1845, a committee of three was appointed to carry the resolution into effect, and the mover of the resolution, Dr. N. S. Davis, was