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June 8, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(23):903. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430230037010

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One of our oldest and most valued members said the other day: "Why do you keep constantly drumming for new members? Is not our Association big enough?" Why, bless your soul, dear fellow, don't you know that nothing keeps spirit, dash and enterprise in our work, like the missionary work the members have done and are doing to lift our brave body into the place it should occupy as the foremost organization of medical men, at once the most powerful for good to humanity, and helpful to the profession itself. Of course it is a great Association, but it should be greater. Let us work, then, as we never worked before; to secure, first, the largest membership, and second, the best membership. Our Association to-day has only about one-third the membership of the British Medical Association. We must work, therefore, in generous rivalry, until we stand first, instead of second,

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