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August 28, 1897

Medical Legislation.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(9):451. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440350049012

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Iowa City, Iowa, Aug. 15, 1897.

To the Editor:  —At the meeting of the Iowa State Medical Society, at Des Moines in 1896, discussion was had concerning a project to unite the practitioners of the State into an association to "influence legislation." Nothing was done by the society but subsequently an association was organized and an effort made to secure a union for political purposes of all practicing medicine, including sectarians with various labels. Many declined to unite with the organization; some because they believed the discordant elements would prevent any useful work, and others because they believed that the attempt to organize a political club out of a profession would lead rather to adverse legislation than to any legislative reform of advantage. A circular is the first fruit that has emanated from the association; and it appears to the writer that the introduction of the profession to practical politics

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