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Brief reference may be made to associations already in existence in the United States and in Great Britain, whose aim is to afford immediate pecuniary relief to distressed, qualified members of the medical profession, their widows and orphans, and to grant annuities to such after they have attained 60 years of age.
First, "British Medical Benevolent Fund," President, Sir James Paget, Bart., F.R.S., was established in 1836. According to the late report furnished the writer by the courtesy of W. H. Broadbent, M.D., who is connected officially with the British Medical Benevolent Fund, a feature of this Fund is that the whole of the money subscribed is available for the objects of the charity, "£3,531 in 1891 was distributed in grants or annuities in the relief of cases of distress, many of them of utter destitution, and the relief given is not unfrequently all that stands between the recipient and
HORNER F. A PROPOSED AMERICAN MEDICAL BENEVOLENT FUND.. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(16):482-483. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411200010001c