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From the erroneous statements that continue to be made in certain portions of the medical press of our own country, and still more in some of the medical periodicals and by distinguished individuals of other countries, it would appear almost a hopeless task to correct such statements, or to get the sources from which they emanate to comprehend and acknowledge a few simple but important historical facts.
For instance, Prof. Virchow is represented as recently saying that "the American Medical Association, a vast society of practising physicians, extending throughout the land, usurps the control of the organization of the next session of the Congress, and creates such confusion that I am informed, verbally and by letter, that no one at present is able to see his way out of the difficulty." The Berliner Klinische Wochenschrift speaks of " sitting under the presidency of Dr. Shoemaker." The Medical Times, of London, after
THE RELATIONS, PAST AND PRESENT, OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TO THE NINTH INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CONGRESS. JAMA. 1885;V(23):629–630. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391220013003
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