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April 13, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(15):560. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430150030006

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Under our form of government, the States have the power that regulates manufactures, and the internal affairs of the State. Neither municipal nor Federal authority may meddle with that exclusive jurisdiction.

As Legislatures thus have almost supreme control over the citizens of the State, it naturally follows that all legislation which affects the profession and the direct sanitary interests of the people, must emanate from the State Legislature, and this necessitates similar organization on our part. If the medical profession are to influence a Legislature, it must be done by the State medical organization; no "TriState" organization can accomplish anything in the State except at the expense of the different State societies, and even then they can not take the place of the State society. The more the question is studied, the more clear will stand forth the principle that if our profession desires power, influence and consideration, every member

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