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November 13, 1897


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JAMA. 1897;XXIX(20):981-984. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440460001001

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In consideration of the event of the semi-centennial meeting of the American Medical Association, I have deemed it proper to depart from the customary style of the annual address in order to give, as far as possible, a correct history of the Section over which I have the honor to preside. To accomplish this I have placed myself in communication with some of the older members of the Association and with Dr. William B. Atkinson, the Permanent Secretary. The following letters, from Dr. A. Jacobi of New York, and Dr. T. M. Rotch of Boston, will throw some light on the origin of our Section:

New York, Feb. 5, 1897.

John A. Larrabee, M.D.

Dear Doctor:  —There is no history. We just did it. As I felt in some doubt I wrote to Dr. Rotch and as the enclosed letter shows, he knows just as little. It is a clear

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