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June 26, 1937

ORGANIZATION SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Organizational, Business, Economic and Social Aspects of Medical Practice

JAMA. 1937;108(26):107B-116B. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780260149046

Cooperatives and Medical Service 

A Discussion by the Bureau of Medical Economics  The cooperative movement is not new, although only in recent years has it begun to attract national attention in the United States. In 1844 the twenty-eight Rochdale Weavers started their first store and established the principles that have proved essential to success. At present the Cooperative National Alliance claims over 100,000,000 members in its affiliated societies. These societies are found in every continent and in almost every nation. They have become a significant part of the economic and social life of the low income classes over large sections of the globe.Certain fundamental principles developed by these Rochdale Weavers have been found essential to success in nearly all cooperative undertakings. Where these principles have been neglected, in the United States at least, failures have been far more numerous than successes. There are few communities in the northern industrial