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May 11, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(19):1327. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470190039005

The sixteenth annual meeting of this medical body, just held in Washington, D. C.—where all its meetings are held—seems to have been exceptionally successful from the point of attendance as well as in the scientific program and discussion. In the president's address, Dr. William H. Welch, of Baltimore, made the significant observation that the day for formal addresses before bodies like this had passed. It would be well if this sentiment became more general, because much valuable time is consumed in the delivery, and much valuable space in the printing, of introductory addresses of but little real value. Dr. Welch emphasized that while the opportunities for research in the more technical branches of medicine at present are unexcelled in this country, yet scientific work of an advanced character in clinical medicine had not developed as much as might be wished. As has been pointed out in the columns of The

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