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June 28, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(26):1690. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480260010002

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Without detracting from the merits of other medical bodies in this or other countries, or from other divisions of the Association under the present or former plan of organization, the House of Delegates, if it fulfills the high purposes for which it was created, is destined to become one of the most useful and potent factors which has ever been formed for uniting and elevating the medical profession. In one sense it is only the agent, mouthpiece or executive committee of the Association, and in another is the creature of the state, and ultimately of the county societies, but there is still another in which it is an independent body, cut off from all political entanglements and alliances, and free to determine all questions coming before it with an eye single to the good of the whole profession. And this spirit and purpose was plainly manifest at the Saratoga meeting.

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