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December 30, 1899

The Innocuousness of the Specialist.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(27):1660-1661. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450790024012

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Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 19, 1899.

To the Editor:  While it is perhaps natural that in general medical societies there has grown up a tradition that the chief offices shall be held by a general practitioner or a general surgeon, there is room for doubt as to the expediency of adhering too rigidly to such a rule. Certainly it may be permitted a general practician to advocate that occasionally an office of some consequence should be bestowed on a specialist. This would tend to broaden the professional horizon and to unify the different existing branches of medicine. It must not be overlooked that the specialists, because of their specialism, are none the less members of the great profession of medicine. It is proper that they should not be permitted to monopolize the offices, for the reason that they appeal for support to the profession itself; but entirely shutting them out from

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