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June 23, 1900

Medical Transactions.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(25):1643-1644. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460250055022

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Hartford, Conn., June 16, 1900.

To the Editor:  —Volumes of transactions of medical societies are very often disappointing to the reader. It is a question whether the publication of such volumes has more than a mere local interest. The criticism often made of the papers of the American Medical Association is that they have only a personal and local interest, and rarely rise to the height of being real contributions to the literature of the subject. This was true in some cases years ago, but there has been a gradual and well-marked improvement since The Journal began to publish these papers. Each year's transactions show a larger proportion of well-rounded, thoroughlystudied papers, and this is the secret of the increasing respect which the Association is receiving in all quarters. State and local associations, whose published volumes of transactions are increasing rapidly year after year, have a local interest which should

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