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April 30, 1910

A Proposed Section on Genito-Urinary and Venereal Diseases

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Hot Springs, Ark.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(18):1459-1460. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550440039010

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To the Editor:  —While attending the last meeting of the American Medical Association at Atlantic City I presented a resolution, which had previously been unanimously passed by my state society, requesting the House of Delegates to organize a new section to be known as the Section on Genito-Urinary and Venereal Diseases. I briefly enumerated then the reasons for the organization of this section. I shall recapitulate a few of the most important reasons. At present anyone presenting a paper on a genito-urinary subject might be assigned to the Section on Surgery, where we all know it would receive rather an indifferent reception. One presenting a paper on syphilis would be assigned to the Section on Dermatology. At the last meeting the Section on Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery changed its name to Section on Dermatology; hence a close demarcation in classification would naturally exclude syphilis, as syphilis is not a skin

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