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September 3, 1955


JAMA. 1955;159(1):37. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960180039010

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The American Medical Association Bureau of Medical Economic Research has recently published the results of a statistical survey of the 1,929 component medical societies in the 48 states. This 81-page study, known as Miscellaneous Bureau Publication M-95, "Component Medical Societies: Membership and Boundaries," is a compilation and interpretation of information furnished by the executive secretaries of the state medical associations. It includes a 72-page list by state of the name of the component society, the name or names of the counties included, the number of counties, and the membership; the summary at the end of each state list includes a membership array in descending order, the names (if any) of the unorganized and inactive counties, the total number of counties in the state, and the number of component societies. Membership of the component societies in 1954 totaled 156,598. This number should not be confused with the total membership of the

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