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December 20, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(25):1599. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480510039004

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In organizing a physicians' protective association in California recently it appears that inquiries were made by some parties as to its possible affiliation with the American Federation of Labor. The following letter, taken from the Stockton (Cal.) Independent, explains the status of medical men in relation to that body, and will be taken, we trust, as conclusive enough to prevent any future suggestions of the kind:

Washington, D. C., Nov. 26, 1902.

Mr. H. M. Alexander, Organizer A. F. of L., Record Building, Stockton, Cal.

Dear Sir and Brother:  Your favor of November 18 at hand, and contents noted. I beg to inform you that it is against the principles of the American Federation of Labor to issue charters to professional men. The only union which is made up of men engaged in different crafts and calling is federal labor, but even in this it is stipulated that only wage

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