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July 25, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(4):320-321. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540040052004

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For many years, perhaps forty, there have been in Vienna a considerable number of American physicians who are pursuing postgraduate work. This little colony is constantly changing in its make-up, a physician who stays for a longer term than two years being the exception; but even so, there is about it a uniformity of purpose and a permanency in certain customs and traditions that constitute an asset whose value has been clearly recognized and jealously guarded by the generations of physicians who have made Vienna their temporary home.

While social reasons and the desire to gain knowledge from informal or formal scientific converse had much to do with the formation of the Anglo-American Medical Association of Vienna, no doubt one object in view was the preservation of this knowledge of local conditions, and of the traditions and customs just referred to, and the desire to hand these down as an

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