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Let every medical man whose eye may glance at this column, ask himself whether or not he would like to see the Association so strong in numbers that its voice would be authoritative.
Let him reflect that with a great membership, would come the financial ability to purchase articles; to increase the number of pages; to illustrate articles better; to have better typographical work; to have more machinery; in a few words, to have a journal of the highest class, without increasing the cost to individual members.
Let him consider that a large membership will give means of encouragement, by prizes or otherwise, to original investigators. That it can influence meritorious legislation, and retard or stop the passage of bad measures. Having thus reasoned, let him ask how he can personally lend his aid toward the accomplishment of these ends.
Let him sink personal feeling or disappointment; his own friends
THE ASSOCIATION.. JAMA. 1893;XXI(25):938. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420770028007