The Prize Essay of the American Medical Association.
A gold medal, value $100, is offered annually by the American Medical Association for the best essay on any subject relating to medicine or surgery. The successful contestant for this prize may choose to receive either, 1, the gold medal, or 2, a bronze replica of the medal and the remainder of the appropriation (about $90) in money; or 3, the entire amount ($100) in money. Since the Association annually sets apart the sum of $500 for original research, this prize is offered to stimulate the production of a superior practical essay based either on experimental studies or clinical investigation or both. The committee will give preference to essays having the greatest brevity consistent with thorough consideration of the subject, and recommends that essays shall not exceed 5,000 words. The committee, while not restricting the choice of subjects, recommends as an important