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May 8, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LII(19):1502-1503. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540450034010

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The county society is the basis of organization. It is not only the portal of entrance to the state and the national medical associations, but it is the unit that influences the whole organization. As are these units, so will be the whole. The state that has active working county societies will have an active working state society, and practical results of every endeavor will follow. On the contrary, when the county societies do little or nothing, the organized profession of that state will do little or nothing—and will be without influence. Incidentally, the secretary of the county society is the one on whom depends whether or not the society shall be an active working body. Occasionally there will be a sufficient number of members who have the good of the society at heart to overcome a poor secretary, but very seldom. Hence the plan of having an annual meeting

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