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May 13, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1066. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450460050019

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We are at a loss to know whether or not to feel offended at this sarcastic reference to one of our young societies by the British Medical Journal. In its issue for April 29, under the caption " Specialism in the United States," it says: The development of medical specialism in the United States suggests that in that enlightened republic a condition of things may in time be brought about like unto that which prevailed in ancient Egypt, where the human body was, as it were, pegged out in claims, each of which was allotted to a particular class of specialists. Among the most recent indications of this tendency may be noted the formation of an " American Association of Proctologists," which is to devote itself to the cultivation of rectal surgery, a field which it appears has been " very much neglected by the physician and the general surgeon." This interesting body

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