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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 2, 2005


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(9):1140. doi:10.1001/jama.293.9.1140

There comes to notice the story of recent proceedings in a county medical society coupled with the statement that the society refused to pass resolutions against secret commissions and contract practice. One who feels defeated and discouraged complains that the new form of organization compels him to retain his membership “in a county society whose morals he may despise.” Further, he is quoted as saying: “The present plan is to encourage quackery and a disregard for ethics within the profession, and to chase from the organization those who can not let themselves down to the lower level.” Is there reason in this sharp denunciation? Is there any substratum of fact on which to base such dreary pessimisms? Is organization a failure? Is there logic in the conclusions? These are sober questions and they need to be met squarely.11

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