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October 12, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(15):981-982. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470410033005

The objects of organization of the medical profession are not selfish ones. While some of these objects look to the well-being or the material interests of the profession in many ways, there are others which are for the good of the people also. The fight to be waged against quackery, charlatanry and pretenders, and for better education and higher standards of qualifications for entrance into the profession, itself, is not with the idea of simply bettering that profession, but for the protection of the people as well. Some of the objects to be obtained by organization are of direct advantage to the people and not even indirectly to the profession. Some of these are better sanitary laws, legislation for the prevention of disease, for the control of epidemics, and for the "enlightening and directing public opinion in regard to the broad problems of state medicine." The profession has nothing to

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