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These organizations are of the utmost importance to the whole medical profession, and should number in their membership lists the entire roll of practitioners of rational medicine in every State.
It is in the State society meeting that the professional standing and character of the physicians of a given State are determined. It is there that the scientific attainments of the individual are exhibited to the best advantage. It is in the State society that an esprit de corps is established and maintained, which signifies the degree of elevation in tone of professional morals that has been attained. It is from the State societies that suggestions for needed legislation must come, whether this be for the purpose of preserving the health of the people by the enactment of a code of sanitary laws, or of laws which look to the same end through the control and legal protection of a
THE STATE MEDICAL SOCIETIES. JAMA. 1893;XX(15):428–429. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420420024011
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