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:—In view of the fact that at the coming meeting of the Association, a special Committee on the "Branch question" will submit its report, it seems strange that members who may not be present should refrain from expressing their opinions beforehand. The question is open for discussion, yet, from the silence in your columns, it would appear that the last words on this subject had been written. Your correspondents last year were more engaged in devising the means by which a change could be made than in demonstrating its fitness or advisability. This is the least advantageous method of bringing the question to an issue; the first point should be the establishment of a case. Those who advocate the change do so in the expectation of extending the power and influence of the Association; of rendering possible a thorough and practical organization; and of affording a means
Westward Ho. BRANCHES OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.. JAMA. 1887;VIII(22):613–614. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391470025010