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In proof that an urgent necessity exists for an effort to provide for a Medical Aid Fund, it may be stated that for some years past the attention of the profession has been especially directed to this subject, and the facts connected with the origin and history of this movement may be briefly narrated.
The Massachusetts Medical Benevolent Society recently held its 25th anniversary, and celebrated it by a dinner. The object of the society, it was stated, is to give financial aid to widows and orphans of medical men. The funds amount to $20,000, and each beneficiary receives $80 per annum. The Mutual Benefit Association of the physicians of Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana, embracing within its fellowship hundreds of our medical brethren, was the next organization of the kind undertaken. Dr. David Keller is deserving all praise for the interest which he has manifested in this successful enterprise. In
HORNER F. A PLEA IN BEHALF OF A MEDICAL AID FUND.. JAMA. 1884;II(11):291–293. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390360011001b
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