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December 3, 1938


JAMA. 1938;111(23):2123-2128. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790490053018

FOR A FREE PROFESSION  Speaking as a member of the Committee on Economics of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, Dr. Thomas E. Mattingly recently gave to the press a statement of his views of objectives of medical organization. The statement is so succinct and so well phrased that it would seem to deserve wide circulation. Dr. Mattingly, who incidentally appeared before the Grand Jury which is investigating organized medicine, said:I am a member of the Medical Society of the District, and I believe in all the objectives of organized medicine.We would like the people of Washington to be patient with us—to have faith in us and to believe that our social objectives are just as altruistic but infinitely less speculative than those who seek our indictment.We believe that here on the weakest sector of human rights, a voteless community, we are using the only