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June 1, 1901

Individual Rights and the County Medical Society.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(22):1571-1572. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470220045014

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Spokane, Wash, May 17, 1901.

To the Editor:  —When a medical man or woman is a graduate of a reputable medical college, and has complied with the laws of his state, regulating the practice of medicine, and is apparently eligible in every way for membership in a county society, if for a trivial reason he is denied admission to his county society, an injury is done that is far reaching in its consequence, both to him, to the local society, to the state society and to the American Medical Association, and it tends to foster and keep alive a general opinion that county societies, as well as the state and national, are conducted for the benefit of the few, and that in place of these organizations being scientific primarily, they have degenerated into social and mutual admiration societies.By denying a person admission into the county society, one is denied

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