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April 9, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXX(15):813-815. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440670001001

It is extremely grateful to me on this happy and memorable occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of this great National Association, to have the honor of welcoming you to the City of Philadelphia as Chairman of this Section. This great city where the bell rang the first time for the freedom and the independence of the United States, has been the birthplace of the American Medical Association, one of the largest and most powerful medical organizations in existence.

To recall to you the beginning of this Association, its motives and its scope would be out of place, I will therefore limit myself to a few points of history concerning our special Section.

In 1869, at the annual meeting the assembly adopted a resolution which recognized specialties as a proper and legitimate field of practice. From that time several sections of medical branches were established, no one, however, showed the necessity

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