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November 20, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(21):1076-1078. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440470044008

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To some extent the success of any particular meeting of the American Medical Association depends upon the place at which it is held; yet not upon any one characteristic of the place. To make a notably successful meeting many influences must contribute. Each can help toward the result; yet the result depends more upon the general average of the work done along several lines than upon that lying in any single direction. Take the simple factor of geographic location, particularly with relation to the bulk of the membership of the Association. It would seem very reasonable to suppose that, other things being equal, the meeting held nearest the center of membership would attract the largest number. This is probably generally thought of as the reason why the last meeting was so largely attended. But prior to that the meeting at which there was the largest attendance was held in St.

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