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September 8, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(10):628. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460360034006

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An association of physicians is being formed in Detroit on apparently regular trades-union principles, exclusion of all non-members from any professional recognition, "business agents" under the name of ward governors, and all the other essential outfitting of a regular trades union. The Journal is an advocate of organization of the medical profession on legitimate ethical lines, but we trust the report of the proposed action in Detroit is incorrect, at least in some of its details. It is not necessary to imitate the objectionable features of a laborers' or mechanics' organization, nor is it dignified or worthy of a learned profession. If our judgment is correct, and we have no reason to doubt it, the plan as proposed will hardly succeed and will not help the profession as a whole. There is ample opportunity for an organization of physicians that will protect their own interests without sacrificing their self-respect as

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