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March 3, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(9):567. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460090053020

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The "battle of the clubs" is begun in at least one Eastern point, the Springfield (Mass.) physicians having rebelled against being utilized to their disadvantage and having agreed to do no more benefit society business. The local benefit societies are employing the usual epithets and accusations, and talk of a "doctors' trust" and the "injustice to the poor" that will result from such action. It is proposed to boycott the local profession and call in outsiders, and talk of "punishing the doctors" is indulged in by correspondents of the local press. The societies claim that they can import doctors from the outside if the resident physicians refuse to serve them, and that they are already receiving offers of services. They also claim that they furnish young physicians with their start in practice, and while these say they are underpaid and that the work is too much for the remuneration, there

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