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November 9, 1907

Sectarianism and the Philadelphia County Medical Society.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(19):1618-1619. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530190052017

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Philadelphia, Oct. 28, 1907.

To the Editor:  —May I be permitted to correct the erroneous report of your Philadelphia correspondent (The Journal, October 26, page 1448) concerning the recent action of the Philadelphia County Medical Society in amending the section of its by-laws relating to qualifications for membership. On the blank form of applications for membership. On the blank form of application is printed the amendment as adopted. Your correspondent has omitted this very important proviso:Provided, (a) That all applicants for membership shall be required to state in writing that they do not accept any sectarian title or base their practice on any exclusive dogma or system: and (b) must satisfy the censors that they possess the requisite scientific and technical education and qualifications.Obviously your correspondent is in error in stating that "practitioners of all schools of medicine" will now be eligible for membership in the county society. On the contrary, any

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