The American Medical Association probably occupies at the present time a higher place in the estimation of the medical profession and the public than at any previous period in its history. There has been no time when its membership has been larger or has included a greater proportion of the leading lights in medical science than the present.
Its democratic organization, covering in its sections the whole field of medicine, and permitting membership to every reputable physician, through the local organizations, gives it an altogether special value as a professional bond of union throughout the whole extended territory of our country. There is or can be no other national body comparable to it in this respect; all other existing organizations, not strictly local in their character are essentially limited in their membership and functions, and can not represent the profession as a whole. The Association, therefore, occupies a unique position—it