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I am very glad to have this opportunity of thanking you for the honor conferred on me in making me chairman of this Section. It is a distinction of which one may justly be proud, for the Section has grown from a small beginning in 1891 to one of the most important and widely known in the American Medical Association.
It is interesting to consider the development of the Section. Prior to the year 1891 there was no section devoted to this branch of medical science. In 1887 a new section was formed and this was called the Section on Medical Jurisprudence, Chemistry and Psychiatry, and this by expansion began to include the consideration of nervous diseases. In 1891, the subject of neurology having become so prominent in the discussions of the Section, the title was changed to the Section on Medical Jurisprudence and Neurology. In 1900, the scope of
SINKLER W. THE GROWTH OF NEUROLOGY.CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE THE SECTION ON NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASES, AT THE FIFTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, BOSTON, JUNE 5-8, 1906. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(17):1337–1338. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210170001001
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