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Membership in the American Medical Association.
—The need for organization of local societies is apparent, and it is none too soon for efforts to be made in this direction. In accepting membership in the local or State society, as its qualification, the Association has for years taken the ground recently adopted by the Medical Society of the State of California. The onus of determining the professional fitness of an applicant is thrown upon the locality where he is best known, and upon presentation of the proper certificate there is no further question as to his eligibility. California is now ahead of most of the States in the possession of a more perfect organization. The present loophole in the constitution of the National organization is the dual portal of admission, and this the proposed constitution endeavors to remedy by providing that members can only join from a State society. The local
ASSOCIATION NEWS.. JAMA. 1893;XXI(8):287. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420600037012