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February 20, 1886

LETTER FROM NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1886;VI(8):220-222. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250020080012

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Abstract

The Charity Organization Society—Hydrophobia and its Treatment—Dr. Edson's Report—Gift to the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Death of " Aunty" Dubois—Permanent Drainage in Ascites—The State Medical Society; Officers for the Year.

The fifth annual meeting of that admirable body, the Charity Organization Society, was held at Association Hall on February i. It has done a vast amount of good by caring for the wants of the deserving poor, providing employment for those able to work, exposing impostors, suppressing street begging and discouraging indiscriminate alms-giving. The Society now has on file 100,661 reports, containing the names and histories of 71,332 families—equiva lent to 285,000 persons; and one great benefit which it offers to the various medical charities is that by means of its well-organized investigations these institutions can ascertain whether the patients applying to them are really deserving of gratuitous treatment or whether they are able to pay for medical

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