This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.
Whangarie, New Zealand, July 7, 1904.
To the Editor:
—In a recent issue of The Journal I noticed remarks on club practice. Permit me, as one who has passed through the experience, to express myself. I am now in a country in which there are many of these friendly societies. They are in some respects a very good thing for the workingman, and can even provide for an old age pension.In Auckland there are about 3,000 lodge members; many of these are married and have children; every child under the age of 18 comes on the physician's list. Take, for example, a man 31 years of age who joins the Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows; he pays £3 10s. ($17.50) per year; this covers all fees; 6 shillings ($1.50) goes to the chemist. 14 shillings ($3.50) goes to the doctor. The first fee of £3 10s. ($17.50) also acts
Keller PM. Club Practice in New Zealand.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(9):618. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500090038014