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November 15, 1884

Editor of Journal of American Medical Association

JAMA. 1884;III(20):557-558. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390690025011

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Dear Sir:  —In your issue of the 11th inst. you were pleased to notice at some length my paper on " Old and New Codes," read at the meeting of the California State Medical Society in April last. I think you have drawn some erroneous conclusions from my proposed plan for the establishment of a " caste" in the profession, and I venture to explain more at length my ideas in this direction. It was far from my thoughts to attempt the formation of an aggressive organization; that partakes too much of legislation methods, which have always proven utter failures in the past and will most certainly continue to do so in the future. There is no doubt of the truth of your statement that " no examination can positively determine a man's fitness to be a practitioner," and " his success in the actual conflict with disease is the only true criterion by

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