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July 21, 1906

The American Medical Directory.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(3):217. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520030059013

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New York, July 7, 1906.

To the Editor:  —If any further argument were needed in favor of the publication of a register of physicians of the United States by the authority and under the supervision of the American Medical Association, such argument would be found in a contemplation of "Polk's Medical Register and Directory," a copy of the ninth revision of which was received a few days ago. I do not refer to its numerous errors of omission and commission; they may perhaps be unavoidable in a directory of national scope. I do not even refer to its numerous absurdities, such as, for instance, the inclusion of a journal for the laity and of a distinctly antimedical character, a journal that considers physicians and surgeons something worse than thieves and murderers, in the list of medical journals; or the putting of quack societies, trying to disrupt the medical profession of

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