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March 8, 1919

The Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: An Historical Review 1785-1916.

JAMA. 1919;72(10):750-751. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610100058035

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The Massachusetts Humane Society published its first pamphlets in 1787, and has continued its work since that time. The present book is based on the publications of the society. It is a beautifully prepared volume both as to typography and illustrations.

The work of a humane society comes very near to that of the medical profession. A humane society was organized in Philadelphia in 1780. Dr. Benjamin Say was the president of this society in 1799, and Dr. Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia was an early honorary member of the Massachusetts society. In 1793 he sent the president of this society two pamphlets widely distributed in Pennsylvania, and from one of them the Massachusetts society published an extract in 1893 relative to avoiding the danger of drinking cold water while the body is heated. The instigator of the Massachusetts society was Dr. Moyes, the organization of the society being described in

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