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January 25, 1902

The Organization of the Medical Profession.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(4):250-251. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480040036003

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Collective Investigation.  —There is a great need of some method by which statistics concerning diseases may be collected. For instance, what are the statistics of the whole country as to deaths following operation and deaths without operation in appendicitis? The experience of 100,000 physicians would be of immense value in helping to solve this vexed question. The statistics gathered by a few individuals scattered here and there are practically valueless because they do not cover a sufficient part of the whole. What are the resuts of glycerinated lymph as compared with the results from the use of dry points? What harmful results have followed the use of the one, and what of the other? What are the facts as regards the curative qualities of diphtheritic antitoxin? What are the facts as regards the prevalence of this or of that disease, or of

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