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September 23, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(13):467. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420650033010

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The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, August 24, gives prominent place to an article on "Sectarianism in Medicine." Four extra pages appear to have been added to that issue in order that the said article may be printed in its entirety. The peculiarity of the article may be judged from the fact that the author thereof arrogates to himself and his party all the charity and good-will that lies in the possession of our fraternity, while applying to the standard bearers of rational medicine the most hateful of epithets, such as, "bigotry, intolerance, narrowness," also the adjectives, "pretentious and fraudulent." The writer would remodel all medical societies according to an "ideal" of his own conception, without the restraint of ironclad by-laws and codes of ethics, and without any wholesome knowledge whether any such societies have hitherto been tried and found wanting. So far as our knowledge extends, the experiment has

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