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To the Editor of the Journal:
—I hope you will not take it amiss if an humble reader of The Journal dissents from your editorial statement in connection with the selection of Dr. J. S. Billings, of the Army, "to deliver the address in Medicine before the next meeting of the British Medical Association in place of the late Professor Austin Flint," that " the well known ability of Dr. Billings and his familiarity with general medical literature, makes the selection one eminently proper." The ability of Dr. Billings is, of course, well known, and his familiarity with general medical literature is unquestioned, but a great many have presumed to doubt whether the selection of a bibliothecary, however noted and conspicuous, who has often disclaimed any practical acquaintance with disease, who has probably not written a prescription for twenty years, and who would not presume to undertake the charge
THE ADDRESS IN MEDICINE BEFORE THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION.. JAMA. 1886;VI(18):498–499. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250050022010