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August 1, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(5):196-197. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410830032007

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In no other direction is the activity of thought and observation among medical men so perceptible as in the growth of interest in their societies. Last week it was our sincere pleasure to direct attention to the meeting next month in Washington of the Congress of American Physicians and Surgeons. Only a month later, in October, will be convened in St. Louis the Mississippi Valley Medical Association. The former is a gathering of specialists, the latter is distinctively a society of general practitioners.

Politicians and political economists often refer to our agricultural brethren as constituting the bone and sinew of our country, so we may without offense speak of the general practitioners of medicine as constituting the backbone, ribs and bosom of our art. They are the all-round men, who are called upon at all hours and seasons, to skilfully treat an inflamed corn, a flooding uterus, a fractured skull,

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