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November 18, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(21):1574-1575. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510210044006

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Since the American Medical Association began the work of accumulating personal information from the members of the medical profession for the biographical card index and the American Medical Directory, many inquiries regarding these new lines of activity have been received. Physicians all over the country have asked, "What is the biographical card index and what is its purpose? How will the American Medical Directory differ from other medical directories?" The following is presented to answer these and other questions relating to the subject and to obviate the necessity of replying to each individual inquiry.

In order to understand the object of this work, it is necessary to examine carefully the present condition of the medical profession from a social and economic standpoint. The last century, and particularly the last twenty-five years, have witnessed a remarkable progress in medicine and in the allied sciences. This progress will unquestionably continue, and the

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