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John L. Atlee, M. D.
JAMA. 1883;I(1):12-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390010022001a.
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Gentlemen of the American Medical Association: Permit me to express my feelings of gratitude for the unexpected honor conferred upon me at the last meeting of the Association, and to cherish the hope that in fulfilling the duties of this responsible position I may be sustained by your cordial co-operation. We meet here to engage earnestly in furthering the interests and objects of the medical profession. We have come together from all parts of our broad country, charged with these great responsibilities. It is fitting to express here deep regret at the absence from our councils of delegates from the Medical Society of the State of New York. Let us hope that this absence may be only temporary, and that at the next meeting every State may be represented.

As specialties are so much in favor at the present time, I have thought it well, though far from favoring them


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