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November 23, 1889

"Professional Organization."

JAMA. 1889;XIII(21):755-756. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401170033012

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To the Editor:  —Your editorial of September 28th on "Professional Organization" is not likely to be without a response from the many physicians whom it concerns. This is the age of organizations, and while every true member of the medical profession would decry an association having for its chief aim the selfish advancement of the individual or a favored few, yet we all have a right to urge that which will bring the members of our guild into closer relationship.For many years the American Medical Association has stood, in numbers and importance, far beyond any other; but now we have new organizations which, though they may never rival the national body, are yet representative and growing larger each year. These societies, it seems to me, are midway in the large distance which lies between the American Medical and the State associations, and are composed mainly of men who are

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