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January 20, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(3):199-200. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510300033010

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Medical societies at various points throughout the country are condemning contract practice, more especially that form known as lodge practice, by which certain organizations exploit the medical profession. While the evil in this country is not so great as in Great Britain, it is sufficiently serious to enlist the attention of the profession. A recent instance shows not only the spirit of these organizations, but also affords an example of a thoroughly temperate yet absolutely unanswerable statement of the medical side of the question. A few weeks ago the Shasta County (California) Medical Society unanimously adopted resolutions condemning lodge practice as it there existed and pledging its members to have no professional intercourse with lodge-contract physicians — resolutions which were thoroughly justified by their experience. This called out a series of resolutions from a local benefit society denouncing the medical society's action and claiming fifty years' precedent and all sorts

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