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JAMA. 1960;173(6):682-683. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020240070013.
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HE American Medical Association will celebrate the 112th year of its founding next week in Miami Beach. This Association is only 16 years younger than the British Medical Association, which began as a small and provincial society in 1832. Paul Vaughan1 has prepared a short history of the British Association which was printed a few months ago in Guildford and London. The annual scientific meetings of the B. M. A. had spun off the affairs devoted to business and medical politics by 1865 and had concentrated upon communications of clinical and research interest. Lord Lister, a frequent speaker in the Section of Surgery, gave one of his first descriptions of the action of his new carbolic spray in 1871. The Lancet, under the spell of Wakley, regarded Lister's address as nothing new, and "disbelievers in the marvelous efficacy of carbolic acid could not fail to notice that with every

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