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September 19, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(12):334-335. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391110026010

To the Editor of the Journal:

Dear Sir.  —In the discussion by various medical journals, of the propriety of the action of the American Medical Association in arranging for the meeting of the Medical Congress at Washington in 1887, much has been said, and with an evidently malicious animus on the part of some to discredit the action of the Association. They claim that in all instances the Congress has been convened only by the action of the profession of the country where it meets. A brief reference to facts, will perhaps place the position of the invitation clearly before your readers.At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association held at Washington, May 6, 1884, "at which there were more than 1,200 regularly registered members (of the profession) present,"1 Dr. Austin Flint, President, in his official address, stated the origin of the Association and the objects for

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