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"There is to-day in the United States a striking need for a legislative committee so constituted that by virtue of its representative character it can speak for and in the name of the great medical profession." This vigorous statement by Dr. Charles A. L. Reed, in his London letter published in the Journal, August 19, is deserving of especial attention from the members of the Association at the present time. The remark was made apropos of Dr. Reed's observation of the powerful influence wielded by the Council of the British Medical Association, on English legislation and state medicine. For years all the thoughtful men in our American profession have seen and said that, until it is thoroughly organized, the profession can not adequately exert that power for good which is inherent in its possession of knowledge, that can and must be applied for the general welfare of the nation. The
THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH. JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(9):551–552. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450610053007
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