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The annual meeting of this society was held in New York October 12,13 and 14. The most interesting part of the meeting was the discussion of the abuses of medical charities. Dr. Wiggins opened the subject with a startling array of figures from Dr. Stephen Smith's report. Among them was noted the startling fact that at least 49 per cent, of the entire population of New York city was receiving free medical care and medicines. A number of physicians followed adding equally strong testimony, and showing that most of the great charity clinics and hospitals were literally pauperizing and creating more abuses and distress than they relieved. While this is an old story in New York, and an outrage on progress and rational science, which the profession submit to with stolid indifference, it is strangely spreading to other cities and even small towns of the country. Within a few months
THE NEW YORK STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(18):921–922. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440440047010