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September 19, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(12):660. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430900044009

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The recent celebration of labor day throughout the country and the great extension and popularity of the so-called labor movement suggest certain questions that may become practical ones in the near future. Every one sympathizes with the desire of the working classes to improve their condition in all legitimate ways and the usefulness of labor organizations under judicious management need not be questioned. That their managers have not always been judicious is evident enough, but that is perhaps to be expected and it is to be hoped that more wisdom may guide their actions in the future than it has in the past. The question that concerns us most especially is that of their extension into certain lines of occupation that have hitherto been free from these complications. Medicine, being a liberal profession, is in no danger of falling into this line; the laws regulating practice are matters of public

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