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"What will be the final effect upon the American Medical Association of the various associations of so-called specialists—the American Surgical Association, the Association of American Physicians, the Gynecological Association and all the others? It will be a sad day for the profession of America when the time-honored A. M. A. ceases to be the medical institution of the country."—New Orleans Med. and Surg. Journal, November, 1888.
The question thus stated by our valued contemporary has been asked in a more private way by many of the more thoughtful members of the profession in all parts of the country. That many sincere friends of the American Medical Association, the true representative organization of the medical profession of this country, have looked upon the steadily increasing number of American associations of specialists with anxiety, lest they prove disintegrating and more or less antagonistic to any general and harmonious organization of
AN IMPORTANT QUESTION. JAMA. 1888;XI(21):741–742. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400720021004
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