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January 27, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(4):242. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460040052015

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Our Canadian correspondent calls attention this week to the action of the Medical Society of Victoria in reference to lodge practice. It seems that the rapid increase of the various lodges and societies, whose main excuse for existence is supplying physicians and medicine to their members, has become so marked that some action is necessary to prevent the profession being made a mere tool of these societies. The action of the combined bodies brings matters to a focus, and the fight will probably be to the finish. It is certainly to be hoped so, at least. As if the free work now being done by the members of the medical profession in hospitals, clinics, dispensaries and among the deserving poor were not sufficient, these societies are demanding the right to treat physicians and their labor as commercial property to be used as a society may dictate, and pay what they

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