Under the plausible guise of a desire for the public good, and upon the plea that the public is either incapable or not to be trusted in its judgment of what is best for its own interests, the medical societies of the different states are becoming more aggressive and more persistent than ever before in their efforts to secure the enactment of legislation for the purpose of preventing the practise of any system of healing disease which is not within their scope and control. One of the methods by which this kind of legislation is expected to be secured is set forth with engaging frankness in an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association of Feb. 15, 1913, from which we take the following excerpt:—

"At the spring meeting of the medical society of a certain county in southwest Kansas, suggestion was made that one of the members of the society should be a candidate for the Legislature, in order that the interests of physicians might be safeguarded by representatives from among the profession. This was determined because the interests of physicians were menaced by the last Legislature and were also seriously threatened through the activities of the chiropractors and the League for Medical Freedom in the Legislature which was to be chosen and is now in session. ... Notwithstanding that the physician-candidate was a Democrat, while most of the members of the society were Republicans (Seward county is strongly Republican), they stood together 'as one man' and succeeded in electing him. But the story does not end here. The doctors agreed not only that they would work for his election, which they did most heartily, but also that they would turn back all of his patients on his return from the Legislature and pay him a per diem bonus as well while he was in attendance at the capital. ... Is it not about time that the physicians of the country should emulate the example set by the Seward County Medical Society and 'get together'?"

March 1, 1913

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