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April 1, 1950


JAMA. 1950;142(13):992. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910310036011

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According to Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary, an association is "a society, the members of which are united by mutual interests or for a common purpose." The objects of the American Medical Association under its constitution are "to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of public health." In every way the American Medical Association meets the definition of an association in Webster's dictionary. Its members without question have mutual interests and a common purpose in the promotion of better health.

Membership in a professional society should not be regarded begrudgingly as an obligation. It is something one should undertake because he believes in what it represents, because he hopes that his aid will provide strength and because he truly wants to be an inseparable part of organizational affairs. Nor should membership be undertaken passively, as one would follow a path of lesser resistance. No, the member should be

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