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July 14, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(1):30-31. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390010039009

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Washington, D. C., July 2, 1883.

Dear Sir:  Allow me to suggest to you that, with the inauguration of the medical journal, which is to be the organ of the American Medical Association, you open your columns for the discussion of a scheme which shall have for its object the establishment of a Medical Benefit Society. We have plenty of time between now and the next annual meeting of the Association at Washington, in May, 1884, to ascertain how far such a scheme would be supported, and in what shape it would be best to put it, in order to bring it properly before the Association.That there is a great need for such a society every medical practitioner, of any length of service, will readily acknowledge, and, while we see aid societies and insurance companies working successfully around us for special purposes and for the general public, we cannot

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