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Some years ago an English medical weekly asked "What good (professionally, that is) can come out of Texas?" Even had this question not been answered before, a sufficient answer may be found in the two first reports of the "Special Committee on Surgery of the Texas State Medical Association." Besides the matter contained in them these reports, for 1885 and 1886, show three things: that the surgeons in Texas recognize and do their duty to the profession by contributing to the stock of common knowledge; that the Texas State Medical Association is fully alive to the interests of the profession in appointing such a Committee; and that a State medical association can find a committee to do good work.
The first report contains, so far as the records could be had, a statistical summary of all the surgical operations performed in Texas up to 1886-4,293 operations being tabulated. The report
THE TEXAS SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON SURGERY. JAMA. 1887;IX(19):595–597. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400180019003
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