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JAMA 100 Years Ago
April 23/30, 2003

Medical Organization.

JAMA. 2003;289(16):2150. doi:10.1001/jama.289.16.2150

A Plea for Uniformity.

The importance of practical uniformity in the essential features of organization in every state in the Union is so great, and has so constantly grown on all of those who have had opportunity for observing the work in the states which adopted plans of reorganization last, that an earnest plea is made to those who have the matter in charge in other states not to depart from the Association plan lightly or in the absence of the most obvious reasons for doing so. In fact, one of the prime objects of the movement from the outset was to get rid of the crazy-quilt system, or, rather, the lack of system, which stood in the pathway of every effort at legislative and other reforms in the past and secure such unity of both purpose and methods as would make the voice of the profession effective in securing every desirable advancement. The plan has now been so fairly and successfully tested, under such varied conditions and in widely separated states, as to demonstrate its adaptability to use in any state, and is no longer a matter of experiment.