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July 26, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(4):200. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480300024004

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The distinguishing feature of the new plan of organization, permeating its every section, is the manifest purpose—through county societies existing or to be created and built up in every subdivision of every state in the Union—to attempt to reach and influence for his elevation and improvement, scientific, social and material, every individual in this country who has legal authority to practice medicine. The importance and magnitude of this work become apparent when it is known that there are, as nearly as can be determined, over 80,000 regularly licensed physicians in this country who have never been members of any kind of an organization, county, district, state or National.

It is difficult for those who have always had the advantages of society membership and influence, with The Journal and other high-class periodicals laid on their desks each week, and frequent meetings with men of equal or higher caliber, as incentives to

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