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Whereas, The Medical Convention, held in the city of New York, in May, 1846, have declared it expedient "for the medical profession of the United States to institute a National Medical Association;" and,
Inasmuch as an institution so conducted as to give frequent, united and emphatic expression to the views and aims of the medical profession in this country, must at all times have a beneficial influence, and supply more efficient means than have hitherto been available here for cultivating and advancing medical knowledge; for elevating the standard of medical education; for promoting the usefulness, honor and interests of the medical profession; for enlightening and directing public opinion in regard to the duties, responsibilities, and requirements of medical men; for exciting and encouraging emulation and concert of action in the profession, and for facilitating and fostering friendly intercourse between those who are engaged in it: therefore,
Be it resolved, In
PLAN OF ORGANIZATION FOR A NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.. JAMA. 1886;VII(26):706–711. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250120090005