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May 21, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(21):1360. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490660032012

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When discussing medical organization there is a point not yet clearly understood by all that should not be overlooked. The chief purpose of the reorganization of medical societies that has been progressing since 1900, is not simply the scientific advancement of medicine. This was well accomplished in the main by the older form of medical society independent of affiliation with other bodies. It was the disorganized state of the profession when called on to face political attack, to accomplish legislative reform, to protect itself from malpractice injustice, to speak with some show of authority on medical questions having a public or semipublic bearing, or to act for the whole medical profession, that necessitated a closer union for the promotion of the material welfare. It is true that the same object might have been attained by organizing a national legislative league, a national medical-defense union, a national physicians' benevolent association, and

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