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Massachusetts is just now the storm-center of club practice, and Springfield the immediate focus of the disorder. The secret and benefit societies, representing some four thousand members, including three thousand heads of families, are said to have found five physicians who are willing to go to Springfield under the inducements they offer. These are the salary of about $800 from the membership fees, and the prospects of what can be made from practice in the families of members who are not entitled to free medical treatment. It is estimated, by the societies, that this will amount to $3000 a year in addition to the sum above mentioned, but they are careful not to guarantee this much. In view of the fact that these society directors will not be able to call any of the regular physicians in consultation, and that they will, or ought to be, ostracised by reputable physicians,
CONTRACT PRACTICE IN MASSACHUSETTS.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(14):883. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460140055015