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January 4, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(1):37. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480010041005

The question has frequently been asked whether it would be feasible, practical and for the best interest of our profession for medical societies to take on themselves the defense of their members when sued for alleged malpractice, etc. On the ground that what affects the honor and standing of one member, affects the honor and standing of the entire profession, it would seem that the question should be answered in the affirmative. This view was taken by the New York County Medical Association at its meeting last month, when it adopted a plan for the defense of its members in such suits. There seems to be no good reason why the outcome of the plan1 should not be as favorable as its projectors anticipate. There is certainly no question but that an organized effort on the part of the profession will have a tendency to deter blackmailers from bringing