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April 4, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(14):683. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430660035006

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Every intelligent and reflecting physician must recognize the power and force of the medical profession of this country when united in an effort to accomplish such legislation as may be deemed conducive to public welfare and to the advancement of scientific medicine. This has been so often demonstrated that it must be accepted as a settled conviction. But conviction of such a fact does not carry with it the accomplishment of a result without united and concerted effort. Therein lies the failure of attempts to secure favorable legislation in many instances. Even worse, the lack of interest and united effort has quite frequently permitted adverse legislation that has trammeled the progress and limited the beneficence of a life-saving science.

There are now pending in Congress two bills, which if enacted into laws will be limited in their operation to the territorial area of the District of Columbia, with a population

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