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It will not be out of place at this time to say a word in reference to the classes of membership in the Association. The Constitution speaks of four kinds of members: 1, delegates; 2, members by invitation; 3, permanent members; and 4, members by application. Delegates are those who are appointed by State societies, or by county or district societies, recognized by their respective State societies. The medical departments of the army and navy and the U.S. Marine-Hospital Service are also entitled to send delegates. The basis for delegates is one for each ten members or major fraction thereof. Delegate members have a right to vote, but none others have this privilege. Members by invitation are those who are from sections of the United States not otherwise represented. They must be endorsed by three members. They have the right to take part in the discussions, but can not vote.
MEMBERSHIP IN THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1899;XXXII(22):1262. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450490066008
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