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February 15, 1902

The Organization of the Medical Profession.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(7):460-461. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480070026003
Abstract

VI.

THE REORGANIZATION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.

The American Medical Association was organized fifty-five years ago, when there were about 20,000,000 inhabitants and possibly 25,000 physicians in this country. As organized the Association was a representative body, and its legislative and business affairs were controlled by delegates from affiliated societies,1 such societies being entitled to one representative for every ten members. At that time this apportionment made a delegate body that was representative of the then existing societies, as well as of the settled parts of our country, and at the same time it was not larger than was necessary to transact business.

The rapid increase in population and the settling of vast territories were, of course, accompanied by a rapid increase in the number of physicians and also of medical societies. Naturally, the National Association grew in, membership and its annual sessions gradually

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