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July 24, 1886


JAMA. 1886;VII(4):110-111. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250070118012

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To the Editor of the Journal: 

Dear Sir:  —"Practitioner's" communication in your issue of July 3d has very pertinently directed attention to the characteristic features of the new organization styled "The Association of American Physicians." He justly states that a body which assumes to be composed of the physicians par excellence of America, ought to be conscious that its very assumptions make its members shining marks of criticism, and it should, therefore, be very careful that all its members are really physicians of eminent ability, skill and acquirements; and furthermore, that no men, who are physicians of acknowledged and unquestionable reputation and eminence, are excluded from the galaxy, especially to give place to lesser lights.A superficial examination of the list of Their Eminencies united to become members of this very exclusive association, shows that while a specious attempt has been made to get specimens from the various sections of

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