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September 17, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(12):373-374. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400110021003

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In more than one respect was the Ninth International Congress a success. Some of our visiting confreres from Europe say that from a scientific standpoint no Congress ranks higher, and that the proceedings, when published, will reveal a wealth of learning among Americans of which the profession generally in Europe has been entirely ignorant. It is not from a boastful spirit that we quote this opinion, though even in that case we might be pardoned, since, truth to tell, many things have been said of us on the other side of the ocean that were anything but flattering.

Heretofore the knowledge of Europeans and Americans of one another—or we may in this case speak generically and say, of each other—has been one-sided. This is to be explained in great part by the one-sidedness of the visits. Many Americans go to Europe, but comparatively few Europeans come to America. Many of

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