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February 22, 1902

The Organization of the Medical Profession.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(8):514-515. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480080024002

VII. UNIFORMITY OF ORGANIZATION OF STATE SOCIETIES NECESSARY.  The organization of most of the state and territorial societies was adopted without any idea of conforming to a definite plan. The constitution or organic law of each was made in accordance with the views of the little band who gathered to form the new society, and no central or national body attempted to guide them so that they might follow any particular system. In fact, thirteen of these state societies were in existence before the American Medical Association was started, and five more were formed before it could have outlined any system for them to follow had it attempted to do so. We find, therefore, what might have been expected, that no two are organized on the same plan in every particular. Some are incorporated and recognized by the law of the state, and are endowed with