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October 2, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(14):701-702. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440400037005

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Among the medical events of the present year, which has been in this respect a rather notable one, the International Medical Congress at Moscow ought not in the natural order of things to be considered the least. Its cosmopolitan character, drawing its attendance from all countries, and presumably from the most eminent in each, ought to give it a rank amongst medical conventions well above any merely national and annual gathering, and should lend to its deliberations an equally enhanced importance.

It is doubtful, however, whether there has been, at least of late years, an international congress that has met expectations, or that has not in fact been a disappointment to an extent much beyond the mere failure to reach some very high ideal. The causes for this are numerous and some of them have been recently summarized in an editorial in one of our French contemporaries, the Medical Week

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