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August 9, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(6):319. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480320031009

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We mentioned last week and note again in this issue the consolidation of two societies covering in part the same ground at Detroit. This is a notable instance of the prevalence of unity and systematic organization. We quoted the Detroit Journal as saying editorially: "This amalgamation reflects great credit on the members of the profession in Detroit for the liberality they displayed in falling in with the general spirit and purpose of the national organization, the American Medical Association. Though one of the old societies is continued in name, there will be such a change in condition as can not fail to give to the new society more influence and more scientific importance than either of the old ones ever possessed." A consolidation of this character requires sacrifice, whether it be done, as in this case, by the disbanding of one society or whether the two unite. When two societies

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