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The Canadian committee of arrangements for this meeting have already manifested an alarm that is grotesque, in supposing an invasion of American physicians would destroy the honor and dignity of this Association meeting.
In their frantic efforts to prevent this they have secured the services of the Medical Record, who urges all persons not specially invited to stay away. Then, as if they doubted the personal influence of the Record, they send to other journals a circular letter explaining that a few noted persons are to be invited, and that they are quite unable to accommodate the others. The committee evidently have a very limited knowledge of medical gatherings and are following the counsel of still more limited intelligence. The attempt to discourage the attendance of physicians from the United States is both a psychologic and business blunder. The effort to invite a few leading men and thus discriminate outside
THE MONTREAL MEETING OF THE BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(18):850–851. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440180036007
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