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May 14, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(20):1295. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490650033016

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Our attention has been called to the fact that there is at least one American life insurance company that appreciates the value of medical organization. Applicants for appointment as medical examiners to this company furnish their own references in the good old-fashioned way, but, in addition, every applicant is made to stand the test of professional fellowship. Is he a member of his county medical society? What does the secretary of the county medical society say about him? Every honorable physician can be a member of his local society, which society, without further effort on his part, makes him a member of the state medical association. Most physicians now avail themselves of this opportunity, while the unqualified remain outside. To the mind of the medical director the preliminary sifting has been done; there is no need to look for examiners outside the organization. Nowhere is a physician so well known

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