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April 22, 1905

History of Medical Organization.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(16):1296-1297. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500430060018

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Burlington, Iowa, April 16, 1905.

To the Editor:  —In "An Epitome of the History of Medical Organization in the United States," published in The Journal, April 15, I note a statement concerning Iowa which may be misleading and I ask space for this, a more explicit account.Section 4954 of the revised statutes of Iowa (code of 1897) is the "nasty ad." law referred to. It is almost identical in language with section 5337 of the code of 1880. Whether the Iowa State Medical Society was instrumental in having this law made I can not say, because I was not a member until 1880. Some of the older men may be able to tell you, but that the members generally were ignorant of its existence can be seen by reference to the October and December, 1903, issues of the Iowa Medical Journal. In the latter I have a letter on

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