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January 16, 1904

THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDICAL ORGANIZATION IN SECURING AND ENFORCING MEDICAL LAWS.

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TRENTON, TENN.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(3):139-142. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490480001001
Abstract

Repeated efforts to secure medical legislation in Tennessee had failed up to 1889. Our state society had time and again adopted resolutions commending medical legislation as a thing to be desired—an end to be attained—had gone so far as to approve the outlines of a medical act presented, and had appointed a committee to look after the matter at the next meeting of the legislature, even allowing the individual members to expend money (their own) if they so desired, to secure the passage of some act. I say permitting them to spend their own money if they saw fit, as no appropriation was ever made to aid the laudable purpose. Failure after failure was the result of such procedures. It must be remembered, however, that at that time (in the 80's) the Tennessee State Medical Society had a membership of less than 300, the larger percentage of those carried on

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