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May 9, 1896

It may be One of Those Letters.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(19):939-940. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430710041013

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Groveland, Mass., April 29, 1896.

To the Editor:  —I am surprised to find that the medical journal which professes to lead medical journalism in this country, has space to print this attempted slur at the American Medical Association. The question—"The American Medical Association, what is it?" reminds me of an experience we had in the good old city of Boston not long ago.Among the heroes of the Civil War was Col. Robert G. Shaw, whose gallantry men who wore the blue or the gray were equally glad to honor. As a slight tribute to his worth, it was proposed to erect a statue to his memory, and the matter came up for discussion in the council. One of the rulers of modern Boston, an Irishman who, I presume, had not been very long in this country, arose and asked, "Who was Col. Robt. G. Shaw, anyhow?"The American

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