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October 15, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(16):879-882. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450160001001

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THE EVOLUTION OF SPECIALISM IN MEDICINE.  The Presidential Address delivered before the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, at Pittsburg, Penn., Sept. 21, 1898.BY CHARLES A. L. REED, A.M., M.D.CINCINNATI, OHIO.Fellows of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:In conforming to the custom which demands an address from your retiring president, I cheerfully and feelingly comply with that other usage which requires that my first expression, on this occasion, shall be one of profound gratitude for the honor conferred in electing me to preside over this, your eleventh annual convention.We have at this meeting entered upon the second decade of our organic existence. The moment is opportune for a brief reflection upon the purpose which brings us into annual convention. That that purpose is real and deep and earnest is shown by the fact that each of our reunions but serves to increase the enthusiastic

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