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By reference to the history of the Sections, printed elsewhere in this issue, it will be noted that with one exception each of the Sections makes it a rule to elect a new secretary each year. We know of no other medical society, or, for that matter, any organization, that changes its secretary annually. A thought given to the subject will call to mind the fact that every successful medical society makes the office of secretary a more or less permanent one. This is because it is recognized as practically necessary for continued good work and for the carrying out of a definite policy.
The work connected with arranging a program is such that but few men are successful at it the first year. It requires certain knowledge that can only be had by experience. It is not every one who knows what constitutes a good program. Three years ago
PERMANENT SECRETARIES FOR THE SECTIONS. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(23):1516. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480230036003
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