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To the Editor of the Journal:
—In your issue of February 6th is an item of correspondence on "Branches of the American Medical Association." I am sorry that I cannot altogether agree with the conclusions of your correspondent as to the propriety or wisdom of the proposed "Branches." Let us examine the question with a little care. "Branch" proposes that we shall, in this country, adopt the method of the British Medical Association to perfect our own organization. Their method, as he sets forth clearly and distinctly, consists in the formation of Branches under regulations of the General Council of the British Medical Association, in which each Council in each Branch has a single voice; and that "any number of members, not being less than twenty, may form themselves into a Branch of the Association, subject to such Branch being recognized by the Council. Each Branch shall be
John B. Hamilton. BRANCHES OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.. JAMA. 1886;VI(9):246–247. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250020105009