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May 12, 1888

THE MISSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.Delivered at the Thirth-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 8, 1888.

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JAMA. 1888;X(19):573-579. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400450001001

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Gentlemen of the American Medical Association:

Unlike my distinguished predecessor of the past year, who presented you with an able address replete with speculative interest and scientific research, I shall leave the abstruse problems of our science to be discussed and elaborated by the different Sections into which this Association has been divided with special reference to such themes and such discussions.

In casting about for a subject more concrete in its nature and directly useful in its application, I have determined to submit for your consideration a few practical reflections upon the mission of the American Medical Association.

I am especially moved to select this subject at this time by the fact that at no period since the formation of the American Medical Association have its enemies been so bold, so reckless, and so unscrupulous in their efforts to destroy its influence and power with the medical men of

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