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April 16, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(16):437. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391410017005

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In view of the approach of the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, we would again call attention to some defects in the practical working of the Sections of the Association, and chiefly to the fact that the discussions on papers are not fully reported. The discussions as sent with papers to this office are usually entirely valueless, and in not a single case for two years have they been at all full. It is of no interest to a reader to know that a certain paper "was discussed by Drs. Brown, Jones, Smith, Johnson and several others." We gain no valuable information by reading that "Dr. asked a question about the dose of croton oil, and Dr. — answered it." It is of no value to know that "Dr. —'s paper was ably discussed by several gentlemen." We must presuppose that all papers read before the Association are

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