Of the utility of organization, and of that special kind that is exemplified in the medical society, there can be no shadow of doubt. In union there is power and in well directed organization progress. The tendency of the day is toward centralization rather than the opposite, and it is from this point of view that we wish to say a few words, suggestive rather than conclusive, with regard to the waste of energy, time and resources entailed upon the medical profession by reason of the existence and continued organization of what appear to us unnecessarily large numbers of medical societies.
Thus, we have several organizations of national scope and membership; in most commonwealths, State medical societies, and in the counties, cities and towns thereof, usually local and constituent bodies. In the large cities, as for instance Chicago, New York and Philadelphia, there are often several individual bodies whose work