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To the Editor:—
In the year 1849 the South Carolina Legislature passed an act creating "The Society for the Relief of the Families of Deceased, Disabled and Indigent members of the Medical Profession of South Carolina." The purpose of this society as stated in the act of incorporation is as follows:"And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that the principal end of the said corporation shall be, to succor and maintain, and relieve the families of deceased and disabled indigent members of the Medical Profession of the State of South Carolina, members thereof, in such manner, and according to such rules and regulations as they may see fit to establish."For 109 years, except for the years of the war between the states, this small group of physicians have contributed from their meager funds a "bounty" to wives and children of less fortunate colleagues. I would appreciate
Smith WA. AID FOR PHYSICIANS. JAMA. 1958;168(12):1684. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000120090022
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