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November 16, 1901

A Battle with the Clubs at Ludington, Mich.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(20):1329-1330. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470460043013

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The lay press has contained recently accounts of a club or society organized in Ludington, Mich., for the purpose of getting cheap medical treatment. The newspaper accounts are all similar to the following, clipped from a Chicago paper:

"Ludington (Mich.) doctors began it with something termed a doctors' trust. Now Ludington has a Health Association, with one community doctor, supported by monthly dues from association members, who number 240 families, each paying 50 cents a month. As a result, one doctor, who, at least, is named Best, is drawing $1,800 a year salary for being ready at all hours and seasons to respond to Health Association calls. A woman doctor with the Scandinavian name of Hoglund forced the measure. Dr. Hoglund went to Mason County as midwife and broke the union scale of Mason County physicians. The doctors prosecuted her. The Swedish Aid Society espoused her cause and helped her

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