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March 6, 1886


JAMA. 1886;VI(10):275-276. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250030022010

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To the Editor of the Journal: 

Dear Sir:  —In a letter in The Journal of February 6, " Branch" opens up a very proper field of discussion in the closing paragraph of his letter on "Branches of the American Medical Association," when he says: "Any one who will take the trouble to look the matter up will be surprised to see the number of physicians in this country who do not belong to any medical organization at all. Even in some of the most populous States there are numbers of Counties without any medical society; and in many of the Counties in which medical societies exist, there are numbers of medical men who have no connection with them."To show that this is true I need only mention the State of Illinois as a most striking example. Exclusive of Cook County there are one hundred Counties in the State, with only

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