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August 4, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(5):303. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460310037012

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As a natural suggestion from recent events that have largely occupied the attention of the public, it may not be out of place to casually notice the charge frequently made, and recently elaborated by. a labor periodical, that the medical profession is organized and acts on tradesunion principles. The chief basis for this is the desire and effort of the profession for laws regulating medical practice, which, the trades unionist assumes, correspond to his own methods. If trades unions required nothing more than that a man should know his business, and did everything in their power to multiply their competitors; if they set up free dispensaries for giving out their services gratis; if they never struck, and, least of all, when their services were most demanded, and did a large part of their work gratuitously for the deserving and the undeserving, made no limits as to hours, but served willingly

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