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September 3, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(10):548. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450100058017

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Some Suggestions Regarding the American Medical Association.  —The large number of physicians attending the annual convention of the American Medical Association are certainly entitiled to individual consideration. It is, therefore, proper for the benefit of the scientific sections to have only those papers read which are practical and which can bring out good discussions, or those based upon practical research and investigation. There can be no question that either there is mismanagement in some Sections or that special favoritism is bestowed on a few influential friends. Our attention is, however, directed to an abuse which calls for an executive investigation, viz.: That certain men send titles of papers to several sections—in some instances they announce papers in three different sections, in most instances merely to see their names in print or else to see how often they can find their names printed in a single program. In one instance a

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