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December 1, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(22):777-778. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400730021003

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In The Journal for November 24, 1888, we made some suggestions in answer to the question, whether the formation and support of so many American associations of medical specialists was not tending to the disintegration and final destruction of the American Medical Association as the great representative organization of the profession in this country? While we then freely expressed our conviction that no fears need be entertained of such a result in the future, and candidly admitted that such National specialist organizations were affording a useful field for some members of the profession to work in, who would not work in any other, another and perhaps more important question demands more attention than it has yet received. Are there any evils arising, or likely to arise, from the organization of an unlimited number and variety of medical societies, each acting independently of all the others?

If, as is the fact,

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