September 19, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(12):1019. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540120063010

The part which physicians should take in political activity—or, indeed, whether or not they should take any part—has been the subject of much discussion during the past two or three years. A new plea has been added recently to those already uttered, and this from a source outside the medical profession. The governor of California has addressed a letter to the council of the medical society of that state, asking that some physicians place themselves in line for election to the two branches of the legislature, in order that they may advise with him on matters pertaining to medical legislation.1 So far as we are aware, this is the first time a request has come officcially from the governor of a state to its medicalsociety, urging that representatives of the medical profession take a place in and work with the law-making body. For this reason the action of California's executive

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