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January 25, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(4):285. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530300037008

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In a recent issue of one of the large city dailies appeared an editorial calling attention to the increasing number of physicians who have been elected as mayors of various cities and villages in the fall elections. In New Jersey alone, it is stated, eleven corporate cities elected medical men as mayors. The editor also calls attention to the fact that a similar movement is taking place in England. A list has appeared in an English newspaper of fourteen physicians recently elected as mayors, Dr. Richard Caton, Lord Mayor of Liverpool, being the most conspicuous example. This article also shows that, as a rule, physicians have been successful in this office, one medical incumbent having been elected nine times and another eight times in succession. One borough in Essex is mentioned which had six physicians as mayors in the latter half of the eighteenth century, seventeen during the nineteenth century

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