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July 1, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(1):45-46. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450530051008

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If there was one characteristic of the recent meeting of the American Medical Association more prominent than another, it was that of harmony and good feeling. As a consequence this occasion was one of profit to those present as well as to those absent. In this there was shown the great value of organization. All of the parts representing a great, living, active, working body were there engaged in the legitimate functions of the work to which each was individually assigned. Friction and discord were not only not observable, but were not present. All this shows that the physicians are getting together, and in doing so, constitute not only a grand, but a great army.

Scientific demonstrations either prove or disapprove theories, and are fatal to dogmas; and as dogmas melt and pass into mist, there comes a harmonious adjustment of forces. The unification and unanimous expression of a great

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