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October 17, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(16):433-434. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391150013004

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It is an old saying that none are so blind as those who do not wish to see. And it is equally true that none are so difficult to please as those who have no desire to be pleased. This is strikingly exemplified by the course of those few leading medical journals whose editors have undertaken to place all the obstacles possible in the way of successfully organizing the Ninth International Congress in this country. Although it was through the direct influence of a report made by a special Committee of which Dr. J. S. Billings and Dr. I. Minis Hays, editor of the Medical News, were leading members, that the American Medical Association was induced to appoint a Committee and authorize it to invite the International Medical Congress at Copenhagen, in behalf of the profession of the United States, to hold the next Congress in this country, yet so

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