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—In an editorial in your issue of Aug. 15, it was stated, on what authority I do not know, that I had withdrawn my declination of the secretaryship of the International Medical Congress of 1877, and consented to assume that office. The truth is that up to the present moment no official notice of such nomination has been sent me, nor has any publication of it been made, to my knowledge, except in the Medical News, for July 4 I do not, however, wish to make any point of this, but beg that you will afford me space for a plain statement, as brief as I can make it, of the facts in regard to this matter.On or about the 1st of June, the chairman of what is now known as the enlarged committee told me that Dr. Billings would probably decline the office of Secretary-General, and
Packard JH. THE INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CONGRESS. JAMA. 1885;V(9):247–248. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391080023010
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