The Attacks on the American Medical Association

Philip Mills Jones
1906 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  
the speeches contained allusions to the new medical school, and the chairman's refer¬ ence to the occasion as "one common brotherhood" of the medical fraternity all over the world called forth prolonged enthusiasm. President Eliot emphasized the religious side of medical science, and referred to the deep religious sentiment prevailing in the music rendered by the alumni chorus at the different exercises. He counseled the medical profession to get to¬ gether.and work together in harmony and
more » ... in harmony and cooperation to at¬ tack moral as well as the physical evils whi"h infest human society. Governor Guild made a most stirring address on the achievements which Massachusetts and Massachusetts men have accomplished for the betterment of mankind. He recalled three notable advanees in public health legislation enacted by the Massachusetts legislature during the year 1906. namely, the state care and education of feeble-minded children: the compulsory medical inspection of school children in all the schools of the state, and the law regulating the sale of "pat¬ ent medicines" containing poisonous drugs. Sir Thomas Barlow said that he and his colleagues never dreamed of seeing such a vision of beauty, of charm, of abso¬ lute adaptation to the needs for which such buildings are erected as that which he had witnessed on this occasion. Professor Jaeobi said that the astounding impression made by the new medical school took him back to the age of Pericles and Phidias. Congratulatory speechs were made by Professor Keibel and Dr. Ramos. The ceremony was fittingly closed by Prof. J, Collins Warren, who announced that a Innre general hospital in connection with the new buildings would soon be erected and that plans were well completed for beginning the under¬ taking at a very early date. The Attacks on the American Medical Association. San Francisco, Sept. 21, 1906. To the Editor:\p=m-\Pleaseallow me to congratulate you most sincerely on the presentation, in recent issues of The Journal, of the facts pertinent to the Walker resolutions, which were introduced at the Boston session, and also the explanation of the attitude of the Medical Record in its despicable attack on the Association. In regard to the Walker resolutions, it is rather unpleasant to me to note that my motion, which, you will recall, was to reconsider the motion which placed these resolutions on the table, has been rather generally looked on as an indication of approval of these resolutions. This is most emphatically an error. Dr. Happel correctly stated the intent of my motion in his reply to Dr. Carstens' letter. My desire was to emphasize the rejection of the proposed resolutions, and to prevent any attempt at their subsequent consideration. The President ruled my motion out of order and, while I disagreed with him as to the correctness of his ruling, I did not consider it a point of sufficient importance to raise an objection. In regard to the oft-reiterated claim of dissensions in the ranks of the Association, of course, I can speak only for our state, but. so far as California is concerned. take great pleas¬ ure in advising you that never before, within mv knowledge of society affairs, has there been such a general approval of the American Medical Association and of its many and various important undertakings. Never has dissension been further away than at the present time.
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