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March 6, 1886


JAMA. 1886;VI(10):278-279. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250030026015

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To the Editor of the Journal: 

Dear Sir:  —My attention has been called to an editorial in the American Practitioner, of February 20, reproduced in the Medical News of the 20th ult. I take it for granted it was written by the senior editor, Dr. D. W. Yandell. To all those familiar with the doings of the American Medical Association this editorial will sound strangely. To quote: "It (the A. M. A.) was led astray at New Orleans (Why was not Dr. D. W. Yandell, ex-President of the Association, there to keep it from being led astray?). It will doubtless be led astray again, and yet again, for designing, ambitious, selfish and industrious plotters will gather at every meeting, and opportunities for their securing power (italics ours) will occasionally occur." Dr. D. W. Yandell made his first appearance as a delegate from Kentucky in 1856, then in 1857 and 1859.

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