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An examination of the "Transactions" and other official records of the American Medical Association reveals that from the beginning of the organization, in 1847, until now the names of men distinguished for their scientific attainments, for their devotion to the cause of medicine and for their interest in the public welfare appear frequently.
In the records of early days are found the names of Chapman, Davis, Holmes, Sayre, Sims and many others of equal distinction, leaders who developed plans and defined policies designed to strengthen and perfect medical societies so that they might most worthily achieve the objects for the accomplishment of which such societies were created. As the years have passed official records have become dotted with the names of many leaders of scientific thought eminent as practitioners who in their otherwise busy lives found time to play a full part in the affairs of the professional organizations
WEST O. WILLIAM ALLEN PUSEY—A LEADER IN ORGANIZED MEDICINE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;35(1):5–6. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01470190008003
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