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To the Editor of the Journal:
—It is painfully evident to every thoughtful physician who attends the meetings of the Sections of the American Medical Association, and then reads the reports published in The Journal of our National Society, that the work done here is very unsatisfactory. It is, therefore, highly desirable that physicians who feel an interest in the working of this National Association should take timely heed of this unfortunate condition, which seriously impairs the usefulness of this organization—if it does not even endanger its existence.These introductory sentences are only preliminary to the presentation of the main question, viz.: What is now required to make a better showing for our Sections? In answer to this inquiry, it may be briefly stated that we should secure better papers, which should be carefully and scientifically discussed, and this discussion fully reported for publication.This Journal has
Watson BA. DEFECTS IN THE PRACTICAL WORKING OF THE SECTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1886;VII(18):503–504. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250100139012
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