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James E. Perkins, M.D.
JAMA. 1955;157(11):920-921. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280044011a.
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Fifty years ago last June, in 1904, the American Medical Association held its Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, N. J. This meeting was particularly notable because many of the leading physicians of that time took advantage of that meeting to establish the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, later simplified to National Tuberculosis Association. These leaders included, among many others, William Henry Welch, William Osier, Hermann M. Biggs, Edward Livingston Trudeau, and Lawrence F. Flick. The establishment of this pioneering voluntary health agency in connection with an Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association is symbolic of the close and cordial relationships that have existed between the two associations for over half a century. The chief way in which this new association was different from preceding organizations was that it represented a definite combination of medical and nonmedical interests unified to tackle a specific health problem that


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