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October 25, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(17):1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480430043014

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Wickliffe, Ohio, Oct. 13, 1902.

Your article on the chaotic condition of the medical profession as regards its power and influence with the public because of its lack of organization and unity is very timely and to the point. It is to be regretted that the medical profession with all its boasted learning and conceit does not command any power political or civil, compared to organized labor to-day. The profession is not so numerous but that if it were so thoroughly organized as labor, and its individual members more governed by the single-mindedness and good sense of which it boasts, it could wield a tremendous power in politics and could command any reasonable compensation it demanded for services rendered to the state, corporations or individuals. Members of the profession of theology and law far outstrip us today in the respect and power they command in state and civil affairs.


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