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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 19, 2006

The Finances of the American Medical Association.

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

JAMA. 2006;296(3):345. doi:10.1001/jama.296.3.345-b


OIL CITY, PA., July 9, 1906.

To the Editor:—The New York Medical Record, June 30, contains an editorial on “The Finances of the A. M. A.” After a statement relative to the Boston session being the most remarkable in the history of the Association and the general prosperous condition, due credit is given to the “secretary-editor, to whose genius for organization this increase is largely owed,” etc. It then goes on with a jumbled statement of facts and fancies which bear unmistakable evidence of having for its purpose the creation of a feeling of dissatisfaction among the American Medical Association members. Having a personal acquaintance with not a few of the trustees of the Association, whose integrity is beyond reproach, I hope that none of our members will take the Record’s article seriously. I have been a member of the American Medical Association long enough to appreciate and to understand its spirit, and THE JOURNAL which comes to my desk weekly is compensation far in excess of the paltry five-dollar annual fee.

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