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October 13, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(15):954. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460410038011

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The proposed organization of physicians in Detroit, already editorially noticed in The Journal, has been perfected, we understand, without the more objectionable features heretofore referred to—the boycott and other trade-union practices. With these eliminated, there is no reason why such an organization should not be a success and of the greatest service to the profession. What medical men, in any locality, need is organization on high professional and ethical lines. This will prevent them from being exploited for the personal advantage of deadbeats in general, or of organized benefit-clubs or fraternal societies. The general public will agree with the Detroit Free Press when it says, "every doctor is entitled to remuneration for his services" and that he has "the further right to protect himself and the community against fraud in whatever form it may present itself." Yet, a very large portion of every extensive community has practically acted as if

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