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MEDICAL MEN IN POLITICS.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(18):1161. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460440035009.
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There appear to be but two men in the present national Congress who can or care to represent themselves as physicians. It seems strange that a profession so close to the people and representing such an aggregate of culture should furnish hardly the half of 1 per cent. of our lawmakers, while the other learned secular profession, the law, furnishes over nine-tenths of the total number. It is not because there is no need for their services in that capacity; there are ample opportunities for the utilization of medical knowledge in our legislative halls. No other country with legislative government, so far as known, so practically excludes the medical profession from its law-making bodies, and it has not always been the case with us. The Journal has more than once called attention to the fact that medical men took a prominent part in the First Continental Congress, and some of

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