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September 14, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(11):382-383. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401080022004

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At a recent session of the California State Medical Society, a resolution was adopted declaring that continuous membership in a local society, where one exists, is essential for membership in the State society. In pursuance of this action, the Sacramento Society, regarding this as an important step in the maintenance of the local organization, adopted similar action.

We are glad to note this as a real advance in the proper direction. In a number of States, the State society only exists as the parent head of the county or other local societies. This we believe to be the only proper means to secure the organization of the profession and to control those who are inclined to irregularities. In the early days of medical societies, especially in the new States, it was not always possible to wait on the local bodies prior to the formation of the State body. In fact,

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