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January 18, 1902

The Organization of the Medical Profession.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(3):176-177. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480030034002

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Abstract

II. OBJECTS OF ORGANIZATION.  Last week we quoted the objects of organization as given in the constitution of the American Medical Association. The paragraph analyzed gives the following: 1, to foster the growth and diffusion of medical knowledge—educational; 2, to promote friendly intercourse among physicians—social; 3, to safeguard the material interests of the profession; 4, to elevate the standard of medical education; 5, to secure and enforce medical laws; 6, to enlighten the public in regard to hygiene and preventive medicine; 7, to compel recognition by the laity of what our profession has done for humanity. Simply a statement of the above as the basis of organization ought to be sufficient to convince any physician of his duty, namely, to assist in every way possible in furthering these objects.

Scientific and Educational.  —The noblest and most worthy object for which a medical society is organized is

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