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As opportunity occurs for investigating and practically testing the plan adopted at St. Paul for the systematic organization of the medical profession of the United States, it must be evident to all that confidence in it has steadily grown. It was perfectly natural that a large conservative element should honestly doubt the wisdom of any change, and that many more should join in criticising this particular plan, but one short year, usually the critical year in such work, has sufficed to bring practically all of these doubters into enthusiastic support of the new system. This is partly due to the fact that the plan is, in its general features at least, rather an extension and amplification of that evidently in the minds of the wise founders of the Association, rather than a new one; partly to the kindly spirit in which the whole work was conceived and conducted, and which
DOUBTS CLEARING AWAY. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(1):22–23. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480270026007
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