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August 18, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(7):436. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460330040011

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In our abstracts of foreign literature in this issue is noticed a paper by a leading Belgian physician, Dr. Cuylits, which was one of the features of the recent Congress of Professional Medicine. In it he lays down a plan to harmonize the interests of the medical profession and certain tendencies of modern life that is at least worthy of consideration. The present is an age of combinations of every kind, all self-interested and liable to be in conflict with other interests. Among these organigations are those created for the sole purpose of preying upon the medical profession, to secure its services at the least possible remuneration. The idea of justice to the doctors never enters into the consideration of these "benevolent" societies; they are not even intelligently selfish, for they do not recognize the fact that a product can not be continuously furnished at too cheap a rate without

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