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New York City, Dec. 14, 1903.
To the Editor:
—... The American Congress on Tuberculosis was founded by the Medicolegal Society in 1900, and has held its annual meetings and elected its officers each year since that time at the City of New York. This congress is not, nor was it ever, for a moment, considered as a strictly medical organization. It was composed of legal and medical men, scientists, and publicists, because the medical profession, as such, in this country failed to organize such a congress, although all the leading powers of christendom had moved and acted. Sweden, Italy, Germany, France and England had done so.The Medicolegal Society, because of the inaction of the medical profession of America, considered that if consumption was a communicable disease, as their medical members believed and advised, that the highest questions in forensic medicine ever submitted to the two great professions of
Bell C. "Congresses on Tuberculosis.". JAMA. 1904;XLII(1):45. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490460049016
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