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knowledge and advance medical science; to elevate the standard of medical education
and to secure the enactment and enforcement of just medical laws; to promote
friendly intercourse among physicians; to guard and foster the material interests
of its members, and to protect them against im.position; and to enlighten and
direct public opinion in regard to the great problems of State medicine.

ARTICLE II.— MEMBERSHIP.

Section 1. The membership of this Society shall include all members of the
county medical societies now in affiliation with this Society, and all members of
other county medical societies to which charters shall be granted by the House of
Delegates pursuant to the By-Laws of this Society, and any member ceasing to be a
member of a county medical society shall cease to be a member of this Society.

Sec. 2. The term county medical society as used in this Constitution shall be
deemed to include all societies which may be organized and chartered by the
House of Delegates.

Sec. 3. The membership of the Society shall be divided into eight district branches,
as provided in the By-Laws.

ARTICLE III.— OFFICERS.

Section 1. The officers of the Society shall be a President, three Vice-Presidents,
a Secretary, a Treasurer, and one Councilor from each District branch. They shall be
elected annually by ballot for the term of one year, and the majority of the votes
cast shall elect. The President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer shall be
elected by the House of Delegates. Each Councilor shall be elected by the District
Branch of the district in which he resides and shall be the President thereof.

Sec. 2. All officers and the elected members of the standing committees shall
assume office at the close of the annual meeting of the Society.

Sec. 3. No delegate elected to the House of Delegates shall be a candidate for
oflce in the Society until after the expiration of the te^m for which he shall have
been elected a delegate, and no person shall be elected to any office in the Society
who shall not have been a member of the Society for the two years immediately
preceding the date of his election.

ARTICLE IV.— HOUSE OF DELEGATES.

The House of Delegates shall be the legislative body of the Society and shall be
charged with the general management, superintendence and control of the Society
and its affairs, and shall have such general powers as may be necessarily incident
thereto. It shall have the power to suspend or otherwise discipline county societies.
It shall be composed of the officers of the Society and of the chairmen of standing
committees, who shall be ex-officio members thereof, and of the delegates elected
to the House of Delegates by county societies in affiliation T/ith the Society. Each
county society shall be entitled to elect to the House of Delegates as many delegates
as there shall be state assembly districts in that county at the time of the election;
except that each county society shall be entitled to elect at least one delegate; and
except that whenever at the time of election, the membership of a county society shall
include members from an adjoining county or counties in which there shall be no
county society in affiliation with this Society, such county society shall be entitled
to elect, from among such members, as many additional delegates as there are
assembly districts in the county or counties so represented in its membership.

The House of Delegates may provide for a division of the scientific work of the
Society into appropriate sections, and for the organization of the District Branches;
and it shall have such additional powers and duties not inconsistent with this
Constitution as the By-Laws may authorize or prescribe. It may adopt rules and
regulations for its own government aind for the administration of the affairs of the
Society, not repugnant to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Society; and it may
delegate to the Council such power and authority as may be necessary to the efficient
administration of the affairs of the Society, while the House of Delegates shall not
be in session.



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ARTICLE v.— COUNCIL.

The Council shall be the executive body of the Society. It shall consist of the
oflScers of the Society and of the chairmen of standing committees. The Council shall
be the Finance Committee of the Society and shall have such additional powers and
duties as the By-Laws may prescribe. It may adopt rules and regulations for Us
own government and for the administration of the affairs of the Society within its
control not repugnant to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Society or to the rules
and regulations which may be adopted by the House of Delegates.

ARTICLE VI.— VTEETINGS.

Section 1. The Medical Society of the State of New York may, from time to time,
change the place and day of holding its annual meeting to such other place and day
in the year as may be more convenient, by a two- thirds vote of all the members
of the House of Delegates of said Society present at any anniversary or annual
meeting of said Society, provided, that no such change shall be made unless notice
of the intention to change the time and place of such annual meeting shall have
been first given at a previous regular annual meeting. An entry in the minutes of
said Society of notice of such intention <o change the time and place of the annual
meeting, and an entry in such minutes of the vote taken upon any motion made
pursuant to any such notice, shall be prima facie evidence of such notice, motion,
and the vote had thereon respectively. Chapter 213 of the laws of 1909.

Sec. 2. Intermediate stated meetings may be held at such time and place as the
House of Delegates may appoint.

Sec. 3. The notices of the annual, regular and special meetings of the Medical
Society of the State of New York, its House of Delegates, Council and Censors, shall
state the date, place and hour, and shall be mailed in securely postpaid wrapper to
each member, at least ten days before said meeting. The aflBdavit of mailing by the
Secretary of the Society to the last recorded address of the member shall be deemed
sufficient proof of the service of such notice upon each and every member for any
and all purposes.

ARTICLE VII.— FUNDS.

Funds shall be raised by a per capita assessment on each county society and the
amount thereof shall be fixed by the House of Delegates. Funds may also be raised
by voluntary contributions, by the sale of the publications of the Society, and in
any other manner approved by the House of Delegates. No funds of the Society shall
be appropriated for any purpose except pursuant to a resolution of the Council.

ARTICLE VIII.— REFERENDUM.

Section 1. At any annual or stated meeting of the Society a majority of the members
present may order a general referendum on any question in accordance with such
general regulations respecting the manner of submission as the House of Delegates may
prescribe. Members of the Society may vote thereon by mail or by roll call in open
meeting. The poll on the question shall be closed at the expiration of ten days
after the general submission; and if the members voting shall comprise a majority of
all the members of the Society, a majority of such vote shall determine the question
and be binding on the House of Delegates.

Sec. 2. The House of Delegates may voluntarily, by the vote of a majority of its
members present at any meeting, submit any question before it to a general referendum,
as provided in the preceding section, and the result shall be binding on the House of
Delegates.

ARTICLE IX.— AMENDMENTS.

No article of this Constitution shall be amended except by a two-thirds vote of the
delegates present at any annual meeting, nor unless notice of the proposed amendment
shall have been given at a previous annual meeting and shall have been published twice
during the year in the official bulletin or journal of the Society, or sent by order of
the House of Delegates to each county society in affiliation with the Society at lea^t
two months before the meeting at which final action shall be taken thereon.



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BY-LAWS.

CHAPTER I.— MEMBERSHIP.
Section 1. A copy of the roster of members of a county society, certified by the
secretary of that society to be correct, shall be prima facie evidence of their right to
membership in this Society; but the delegates of a county society which is in default
in the payment of any dues or assessments imposed by the House of Delegates or by
any county society which shall be under sentence of suspension imposed by the House
of Delegates, shall not be entitled to sit in the House of Delegates during the
continuance of such default, or suspension; nor shall any person who is under
sentence of suspension from a county society be entitled to exercise any of the rights
or privileges of membership in this Society during the period of his suspension.

RETIRED MEMBERSHIP.
Sec. 2. Members in good standing who are seventy years of age or over may, by
a majority vote of the House of Delegates present and voting at any annual meeting,
become retired members. Applicants for retired membership must be approved and
endorsed by the President and Secretary of the County Society to which they belong,
and the application must be sent to the Secretary of the State Society in time for
presentation at the first meeting of the House of Delegates. Retired members shall
be entitled to the privilege of attending and addressing the meetings of the Society,
but shall not be accorded other rights or privileges of membership, nor be subject
to assessments.

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP.

Sec. 3. Honorary membership may be conferred upon distinguished physicians
residing outside of the State of New York at any annual meeting, by a two-thirds vote
of the delegates present and voting, provided the nomination has been made at a
previous annual meeting. All such nominations must be endorsed by three members
of the Society and forwarded to the Secretary in time for presentation at the first
meeting of the House of Delegates. Honorary members shall be entitled to the
privilege of attending and addressing the meetings of the Society, but shall not be
accorded other rights or privileges of membership, nor be subject to assessments.

Honorary membership created by this section shall include the list of honorary
members already enrolled.

CHAPTER II.— M-EETINGS.

Section 1. Each member in attendance at the annual session of the Society shall
enter his name and the name of his county society in the register to be kept by
the Secretary of the Society for that purpose. No member shall take part in any
of the proceedings at an annual session until he shall have complied with the
provisions of this section.

Sec. 2. All registered members may attend and participate in the proceedings and
discussions of the general meetings of the Society and of the sections.

Sec. 3. The following shall be the order of business at all general meetings of
the Society:

1. Calling the Society to order.

2. Address of welcome by the Chairman of the Committee on Arrangements.

3. Reading the minutes of the last meeting.

4. Reports of special committees.

5. Special addresses.

6. President's address.

7. Reading and discussion of papers.

8. Miscellaneous business.

Sec. 4. Special meetings of the Society shall be called by the President upon the
request of one hundred menabers; and in case of the failure, inability or refusal of
the President to act, such meetings may be called by a notice thereof subscribed by
one hundred members.

Sec. 5. Special meetings of the House of Delegates shall be called by the President
upon the request of fifty delegates; and in case of the failure, inability or refusal of
the President to act, such meetings may be called by a notice thereof subscribed by
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CHAPTER III.— HOUSE OF DELEGATES.

Section 1. The Hoiise of Delegates shall meet annually in the evening of the day
before the annual meeting of the Society. It may adjourn from time to time as
may be necessary to complete its business, providing that its meetings shall conflict
as little as possible with the annual meeting of the Society.

Sec. 2. Thirty delegates shall constitute a quorum.

Sec. 3. The House of Delegates shall make careful inquiry into the condition of
the profession in each county of the State, and shall have authority to adopt such
methods and measures not in conflict vith the Constitution and By-Laws of the
Society as it may deem most efficient for building up and increasing the interest in
such county societies as already exist; for organizing the profession in counties where
societies do not exist; for organizing district branches, and for protecting the
members of the Society against suits for alleged malpractice.

Sec. 4. It shall elect delegates to the House of Delegates of the American Medical
Association in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of that body, and It may
elect or appoint such other delegates as in its judgment the interests of the Society
may require, and it shall provide for the issue of credentials to all delegates.

Sec. 5. It shall upon application provide for the issue of charters to county societies
In affiliation with the Society, and it shall hear and finally determine all appeals
taken from decisions of the Board of Censors.

Sec. 6. It shall have authority to appoint committees for special purposes from among
members of the Society. Such committees shall report to the House of Delegates, and
may be present at and participate in the debates on their reports.

Sec. 7. It shall have authority to organize the physicians of two or more sparsely
settled and adjoining counties into societies to be suitably designated so as to
distinguish them from District Branches; and the societies so organized shall be
entitled to all rights arid privileges of county societies and the members thereof to
the rights and privileges of members of county societies.

Sec. 8. The following shall be the order of business at the meetings of the -House
of Delegates:

1. Calling the meeting to order.

2. Roll call by the Secretary.

3. Reading of the minutes of the previous meeting.

4. Report of the President.

5. Annual report of the Council.

6. Report of the Secretary.

7. Report of the Treasurer.

S. Reports of standing committees.

9. Reports of special committees.

10. Unfinished business.

11. New business.

Sec. 9. The officers and committees of the Society to be elected by the House of
Delegates shall be elected at an adjournment of the annual meeting of the House of
Delegates, which adjourned meeting shall be held at a convenient hour on the first
day of the annual meeting of the Society. No member shall be eligible for any office,
or entitled to vote for any officer or delegate who is in arrears for county dues and
State per capita assessment.

Sec. 10. Method of Holding Elections. - All elections shall be by ballot, and a majority
of the votes cast shall be necessary to elect. In case no nominee receives a majority
of the votes on the first ballot, the nominee receiving the lowest number of the votes
shall be dropped and a new ballot taken. This procedure shall be continued until one
of the nominees receives a majority ef all the votes cast, when he shall be declared
elected, but in case no delegate or alternate for the American Medical Association
receives on the first ballot a majority of the votes, the nominees shall be declared
elected in the order of the highest number of votes received, until the allotted
number shall have been chosen. In ca.se of a tie vote for delegate or alternate a new
ballot shall be taken.

CHAPTER IV.— COUNCIL.

Section 1. The Council shall meet at the close of the annual session of the Society,
to organize for the ensuing year.

It shall meet once during the months of May and December of each year, the time

and place to be selected by the President, and it .shall meet at such other times as



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occasion may arise, upon the request in writing of five members of the Council, or
upon the call of the President.

Sec. 2. Seven members shall constitute a quorum.

Sec. 3. The Council shall provide for and superintend all publications and their
distribution, and shall have authority to appoint an editor and such assistants as it
may deem necessary. All moneys of the Society received by the Council shall be paid
to the Treasurer of the Society. The Council shall audit the annual accounts of the
Treasurer and Secretary and other agents of the Society, and present a statement of
the same in its annual report to the House of Delegates. The report shall also specify
the character and cost of all publications of the Society during the year, and the
amount of all property belonging to the Society under its control. The Council shall be
empowered to fill any vacancies which may occur in any elective or appointive office
not otherwise provided for. The Council shall also have general supervision of all
arrangements for the Annual Meeting.

Sec. 4. The following shall be the order of business at meetings of the Council:

1. Calling the meeting to order.

2. Roll call by the Secretary.

3. Reading of minutes and communications from the Secretary.

4. Communications from the Treasurer.

5. Communications from the chairmen of standing committees.

6. Unfinished business.

7. New business.

CHAPTER v.— CENSORS.

Section 1. The President, Secretary and the district councilors shall be the Board of
Censors of the Society, who shall hear and determine all appeals from the decisions
of county societies which may involve the rights and standing of members whether in
relation to one another, or to county societies, or to this Society. Five Censo-rs shall
constitute a quorum.

CHAPTER VI.— DUTIES OF OFFICERS.

Section 1. The President or one of the Vice-Presidents shall preside at all meetings
of the Society, the House of Delegates, the Council and the Censors. The President
shall appoint all committees not otherwise provided for. He shall deliver an address
at the annual meeting of the Society, and he shall perform such other duties as custom
and parliamentary usage may require. He shall be ex-o;Ticio a member of all standing
committees.

Sec. 2. The Vice-Presidents shall assist the President in the discharge of his duties,
and in his absence the Vice-President next in numerical order shall perform his duties.
In the event of the President's death, resignation, removal, incapacity or refusal to
act, the Vice-President next in numerical order shall succeed him, and the other Vice-
Presidents advanced in order.

Sec. 3. The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Society, the House of Delegates,
the Council and the Censors, and shall keep minutes of their respective proceedings
in separate records. He shall be the custodian of the seal of the Society and of all
books of record and papers belonging to the Society, except such as properly
belong to the Treasurer, and shall keep an account of and promptly turn over
to the Treasurer all funds of the Society which come into his hands. He shall
provide for the registration of the members at all sessions of the Society.
With the aid and co-operation of the secretaries of the county societies, he
shall keep a proper register of all the registered physicians of the State by counties.
He shall aid the Councilors in the organization and improvement of the county societies
and the extension of the power and influence of the Society. He shall conduct the
official correspondence notifying members of meetings, officers of their election and
committees of their appointment and duties. He shall affix the seal of the Society to
all credentials issued to members of the Society elected or appointed by the House of
Delegates and to such other papers and documents as may require the same. He shall
make an annual report to the House of Delegates. He shall supply each county society
with the necessary blanks for making their annual reports to this Society. Acting
under the direction of the Committee on Scientific Work, he shall prepare and Issue
all programs. The amount of his salary shall be fixed by the Council. He shall be
ex-offlcio a member of all standing committees.

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Society which he may receive, and shall disburse the same when duly authorized by the
Council; but all cheeks drawn by the Treasurer upon the funds of the Society shall be
countersigned by the President or by the Secretary of the Society. He shall give
security for the faithful performance of his duties, which shall be approved and pfaced
in the custody of the President. He shall make an annual report to the House of
Delegates. The Treasurer shall be a trustee of the Merrit H. Cash fund, and Lucien Howe
Fund, and such other special funds as may be established. His salary shall be fixed
by the Council.

Sec. 5. Eacn District Councilor shall visit the counties of his district at least once a
year. He shall make an annual report of his work and of the condition of the
profession in each county in his district at the annual session of the House of Delegates.
The necessary traveling expenses incurred by each councilor in the line of his duties
as herein defined may be allowed by the Council on a proper itemized statement; but
this shall not be construed to include his expenses in attending the annual session
of the Society.

CHAPTER VII.— COMMITTEES.
Section 1. Classification of Committees. Committees shall be classified as a. Standing
Committees, b. Reference Committees, c. Special Committees.
Sec. 2. The following shall be the standing committees of the Society:
A Committee on Scientific Work.
A Committee on Legislation.
A Committee on Public Health.
A Committee on Arrangements.
A Committee on Medical Research.

Sec. 3. The Committee on Scientific Work shall consist of the Chairman, a member to
be appointed by the President of the Society and approved by the Council, and the
Chairman of the different sections. It shall hold meetings and prepare the necessary
programs for the annual meeting of the Society and for such other special meetings as
may be designated by the House of Delegate's. It shall forward programs in ample
time for publication, and not later than thirty days before the annual session shall send
a completed program to the Secretary for the printing of the final program.

Sec. 4. The Committee on Legislation shall consist of three members, including the
Chairman. It shall keep in touch with professional and public opinion. Under the
direction of the House of Delegates it shall represent the society in procuring the
enforcement of the medical laws of the State in the interest of public health and of
scientific medicine, and in procuring the enactment of such medical laws as will best
secure and promote the welfare of the whole people.

Sec. 5. The Committee on Public Health shall consist of three members, including
the Chairman. It shall report upon and present to the Society such subjects as may
seem to the committee to be of special importance in their relation to the public
health.

Sec. 6. The Committee on Arrangements shall consist of eight members, including
the Chairman. It shall provide suitable accommodations for the meeting places of
the Society and of the House of Delegates, Council and Censors, and shall have
general charge of the arrangements for all meetings. The Chairman of the committee
shall report an outline of the arrangements to the Secretary for publication in the
program, and shall make such additional announcements during the session as
occasion may require.

Sec. 7. The Committee on Medical Research shall consist of the Chairman and one
member for each 200 or fraction thereof, of the membership of the eight District
Branches of the JTedical Society of the State of New York. It shall adopt such
measures as may be necessary to instruct the public and the profession In the
desirability of animal experimentation and shall use all honorable means to oppose
such bills as may be presented to the Legislature with the view of limiting or
restricting scientific progress. In legislative work It shall act in co-operation with
the Committee on Legislation.

Sec. 8. The Chairman of all Standing Committees shall be elected by the House
of Delegates, unless otherwise provided for in the By-Laws. The remaining members



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