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March 14, 1896

A Permanent Badge for the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(11):537. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430630039009

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Detroit, Mich., March 6, 1896.

To the Editor:  —I have been very much interested in the discussion on the subject of insignia of the medical department U. S. A. Now that the board of officers, of which Col. Chas. H. Alden, Assistant Surgeon General U. S. A., is president, has concluded its labors and rendered its report and recommendation to the Surgeon General, it may not be amiss to consider the subject of a permanent badge for the American Medical Association.At each annual meeting of the Association we are presented with a new badge. At San Francisco the badge consisted of an escutcheon bearing the arms of California, etc. The escutcheon, which was made of silver, was suspended from a pin made in the semblance of a bear, composed of some kind of metal coated with gold. It was a beautiful badge, and cost the local medical societies and

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