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January 25, 1902

Unjust Rejection of Applicants to Medical Societies.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(4):261. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480040047016

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Paris, Ill., Jan. 14, 1902.

To the Editor:  —When a young man has been turned down by some clique or someone who is jealous of him, he naturally feels that he has been unfairly treated, and is an enemy of medical societies as long as he lives. I believe in giving the young man a chance to show that he is a gentleman; then if he shows himself unworthy it is easier to deal with him as a member of a medical society than as an outsider. I believe that many a young physician who would have proved himself a faithful and honorable member of the profession, has become a quack because he has been deprived of the good influences of a medical society. My experience as a member of a board of censors has shown how quite a number of bright young men are kept out of our medical

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