In selecting a subject for this address, it seemed to the writer that we might, with profit, turn aside from the well-beaten path of science, and consider briefly what necessity exists for, and what benefits may be derived from, more thoroughly organizing our profession. Recent events concerning this association have pointed out the directions in which we must look for improvements. We need not search very long, nor look very far, for there are many fields, almost barren now, but capable of the highest cultivation and holding out promises of the richest harvest.
Let us pause for a moment and look about us to see what other men, in all the other walks of life, are doing to protect their mutual interests. During the past twenty or thirty years, all professions, except the medical, have organized for mutual benefit. If these organizations had not been needed, or had not accomplished
BIERWIRTH JC. THE MEDICAL PROFESSION. THE NECESSITY OF AND BENEFITS FROM ITS MORE COMPLETE ORGANIZATION. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(6):335–337. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620320005001b
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