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June 19, 1897

Observations on the Semi-centennial Meeting.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(25):1200-1201. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440250042009

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Detroit, Mich., June 7, 1897.

To the Editor:  —The most careless listener to the exercises held in Philadelphia, June 2, 1897, must have noted the evolution of the Association from its primary objects.As to membership: at first this included delegates from medical societies, State and local, from hospitals, and from medical colleges. Now only delegates from medical societies are admitted. The interest of the medical colleges are looked after by the American Medical College Association; the parent organization is interested only as the colleges furnish adequately trained medical men for its membership. To this end it frequently admonishes, and encourages, but no longer takes colleges as such into its fold.So with hospitals; Boards of Health, city, State and National; these have their representative societies local or National. Formerly the Association by its societies had a voice in regulating the practice of medicine; now State Boards with State authority

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