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April 5, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(14):1135-1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650400045023

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A Fund to Aid Physicians  The conflict between physicians and the mutual aid societies, mentioned in a previous letter, has resulted in depriving certain physicians of some of their resources. If they remained loyal to the league of physicians, they could not, under the circumstances, continue to serve the mutual aid societies. The executive committee foresaw that a few physicians might find it difficult to decide between their duty to the profession and their immediate duty to their family, and that they might be tempted to desert their colleagues in this struggle. To forestall this, the executive committee has established a fund to promote solidarity and mutual aid, and members who are embarrassed by measures adopted in defense of the league of physicians will be granted unsecured loans. The fund will be administered by the president and the general secretary, and absolute secrecy with respect to loans will be maintained.

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