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You may have received in the mail, or will shortly, a leaflet with your A. M. A. membership card called "Science and Service to Humanity—your concern and the concern of the A. M. A." The pamphlet describes the meaning of your A. M. A. membership.
It may be news to some physicians—a reminder to others—that you are a stockholder in a unique humanitarian enterprise whose profits—services and medical progress—are shared by the public. You are considered by your A. M. A. colleagues, who constitute 90% of the nation's practicing physicians, to be a conscientious, ethical physician demonstrating concern not only for your own patients but also for all patients. By virtue of your membership, you are making an investment in humanity that pays dividends to both you and your patients.
One physician, describing his membership, said: "The A. M. A. services allow me to sing strongly in a choir rather
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