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May 22, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(21):998. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440210040010

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In another column will be found a letter from Dr. Douglas H. Stewart setting forth the aims and purposes of this new creation. From it we gather that the primary and ulterior purpose of this organization is to put a check on and suppress hospital and dispensary abuses and encourage physicians to more actively participate in those affairs, municipal or State, which concern their own interests. It is most extraordinary what it has already accomplished in its three months' existence. Its membership now numbers over five hundred practitioners, and while other medical societies have contented themselves with passing ephemeral resolutions, the League has succeeded in passing a bill through the State Legislature of New York which strikes a crushing blow at the dispensary evil, and when it goes into effect, in November, many of the dispensaries in the State will necessarily go out of existence. There is, indeed, but little

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