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November 30, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(22):1470. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470480040012

A Canadian journal1 takes up the proposition to establish a branch of the British Medical Association in Toronto and does not look upon it altogether with a favorable eye. It complains of the small part Canadian physicians take in the medical progress of the world and sees but little stimulus to effort in the small and ill-supported provincial medical societies. It doubts, however, whether making themselves an appendage to the larger bodies of the mother country will be a remedy. It says that Canadians lack confidence in themselves; they are always looking to England, over-rating English medical qualifications as compared with their own, which really represent as high or even higher attainments, and generally accepting the subordinate position that seems to be considered proper. They are, our contemporary suggests, too content to "bask in the reflected light of British medical achievements" and not independent and enterprising enough to make