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March 23, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(12):449-450. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430120027004

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In an organization like the American Medical Association, some one is always disturbed. A certain number find great fault with the Journal, others are alarmed at what they call the political ring rule, and others think the Association ethics is a most serious rock of offense. Personal criticism of its officers and managers, is common ground for the display of disappointments and all the various slights and offenses, real and imaginary, that may appear. This is the friction that is a part of all organized movements, and indicates growth and progress which is always very promising for the future. The mutual admiration societies who never differ, who have no conflict of opinions on any questions, rarely accomplish anything for scientific medicine. Societies in which there is no struggle to become leaders or to direct its interests have not much influence in the world. In all live aggressive organizations there is

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