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shall not be required to pay annual dues, nor shall they receive The Journal
of the Association unless on personal subscription.

Sec. 2. Membership Must Be Retained in Constituent Association. — Member-
ship in this Association shall continue only so long as the individual retains
one of the qualifications indicated in Section 1 of this Chapter. When the
general secretary shall be officially informed that a member has forfeited
his qualification, it shall be his duty to remove the name of such person from
the roll of membership in this Association and to notify him of the action
taken together with the reason therefor.

Sec. 3. Membership Restored. — A physician who has forfeited his member-
ship shall be reinstated on his request by the general secretary when satis-
factory evidence of qualification has been presented.

Sec. 4. Delinquency. — Dues Must Be Paid. — Any member who shall fail to
pay his annual dues for one year, unless absent from the country, shall be
dropped from the roll of members, provided that due notice shall be pre-
viously given to the member by the general secretary. Any member who has
been suspended for non-payment of dues shall be restored only when all
his dues have been paid.



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Chapter II. — Registration of Members.

Section 1. Registration. — No member shall take part in the proceedings of
the Association or of any of the sections until he has registered his name
and address with the proper officer or committee, and has paid his annual
dues for the current year.

Sec. 2. Section Affiliation. — A member desiring to take part in the scientific
work of the Association shall indicate, when registering, the section in which
he wishes to be enrolled. No member shall be registered in more than one
section at any annual session.

Chapter III. — Dental, Pharmaceutical, Associate and Honorary Members.

Section 1. Dental Members. — Dentists who hold the degree of D.D.S. from a
reputable dental college, and who are members of a recognized local or state
dental society, may be admitted as dental members on recommendation of the
officers of the Section on Stomatology and on approval by a majority vote of
the section. The names of such members shall be sent to the general secre-
tary by the secretary of the section.

Sec. 2. Pharmaceutical Members. — Reputable pharmacists who are active
members of the American Pharmaceutical Association may be admitted as
pharmaceutical members on recommendation of the officers of the Section on
Pharmacology and Therapeutics and on approval by a majority vote of the
section. The names of such members shall be sent to the general secretary
by the secretary of the section.

Sec. 3. Privileges. — Dental and pharmaceutical members shall enjoy the
same privileges as regular members, and shall be subject to the same con-
ditions.

Sec. 4. Forfeiture of Membership. — Membership obtained under Sections 1
and 2 of this Chapter may be declared forfeited by the House of Delegates for
reasons considered sufficient by that body.

Sec. 5. Associate Members. — Representative teachers and students of the
allied sciences, and distinguished physicians of foreign countries, may be
invited by the general officers, or by the officers of a section, to attend the
annual session and to take part in the scientific work. They shall be desig-
nated associate members. They shall hold their connection with this Associa-
tion until the close of the annual session to which they are invited and shall
be entitled to participate in the scientific and social functions of the Associa-
tion.

Sec. 6. Honorary Members. — Honorary members shall be physicians of for-
eign countries who have risen to pre-eminence in the profession of medicine.
They may be elected by the House of Delegates, on nomination of a section,
but not more than three honorary members shall be elected in any one year.

Sec. 7. Members from Adjoining Countries. — The House of Delegates may
provide for membership, under proper restriction, from among the members
of recognized medical societies of neighboring countries.

BOOK II.— DELEGATES.

Chapter IV. — Qualifications, Term, Apportionment and Registration of

Delegates.

Section 1. Delegates Must Have Been Members of A. M. A. Two Years. —
No one shall serve as a member of the House of Delegates who has not been
a member of the American Medical Association for at least two years.

Sec. 2. Delegates Elected for Two Years. — Members of the House of Dele-
gates shall be elected for a term of two years, and Constituent Associations
entitled to more than one representative are requested so to elect their repre-
sentatives that one-half, as near as may, shall be elected each year, except
that delegates elected by the sections shall hold office for but one year, and
appointments made from the United States Army, the United States Navy and
the United States Public Health and Marine Hospital Service shall be for one
year.

Sec. 3. Apportionment of Delegates. — At the annual session of 1903, and
every third year thereafter, the House of Delegates shall appoint a com-
mittee of five on reapportionment, of which the president and secretary shall
be members. It shall be the duty of this committee to examine the member-
ship lists of the Constituent Associations and to determine therefrom the



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number of delegates to this Association to which each Constituent Association
shall be entitled for the ensuing three years, beginning with the next annual
session succeeding that at which the reapportionment is approved by the
House of Delegates.- Until such an apportionment results in returning in
excess of 135 delegates from the Constituent Association, the committee shall
apportion to each Constituent Association one delegate to every 500, or fraction
thereof, of its active members. The number of delegates allotted to each
Constituent Association shall prevail until the next triennial apportionment,
whether its membership increases or decreases.

Sec. 4. Registration of Delegates. — Every delegate from a Constituent Asso-
ciation, before being permitted to take part in the proceedings of the House
of Delegates, must deposit with the general secretary, or with other designated
officer or committee, a certificate signed by the president and secretary of
his Constituent Association, stating that he has been regularly and legally
elected a delegate to the American Medical Association for a definitely stated
term; and the delegates from the sections shall present credentials signed by
the chairmen and the secretaries of their respective sections. Delegates from
the government services must present credentials from the surgeons-general of
the respective departments.

Chapter V. — Procedure of House of Delegates.

Section 1. Order of Business. — The following shall be the order of business
unless otherwise ordered:

1. Call to order by the president.

2. Reading and adopting the minutes.

3. Reports of ofiicers.

4. Reports of committees.

5. Unfinished business.

6. New business.

Sec. 2. Limit of Time for Introduction of New Business. — No new business
shall be introduced into the House of Delegates on the fourth day of the
annual session, unless with unanimous consent; and such new business, whether
in the form of a resolution, memorial or otherwise, shall require a unanimous
vote for final action.

Sec. 3. Rules of Order. — The House of Delegates shall be governed by
Roberts' Rules of Order when not in conflict with these by-laws or with
the rules of the house.

Sec. 4. Quorum. — Twenty voting members of the House of Delegates shall
constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Chapter VI. — Meetings of the House of Delegates.

Section 1. Regular Sessions. — The House of Delegates shall meet annually
on the day preceding the opening of, and at the same place as, the annual
session of the Association.

Sec. 2. Special Sessions. — Special sessions of the House of Delegates shall
be called by the president on written request of 26 delegates representing a
majority of the Constituent Associations, by mailing a written or printed
notice to the last known address of each delegate at least twenty days before
such special session is to be held, in which shall be specified the time and
place of meeting and in general terms the objects of such special session, and
no other business shall be transacted thereat.

Chapter VII. — Nomination, Election and Installation of Officers, Trustees,
Honorary Members and Orators.

Section 1. Nominations. — Nominations for office, except that of treasurer,
shall be made orally, but no nominating speech shall excead two minutes in
length. Any nominee receiving a majority of the votes cast shall be declared
elected. The treasurer shall be nominated by the Board of Trustees, and the
oratcrs shall be nominated, respectively, by the Sections on Practice of Medi-
cine, on Surgery and Anatomy, and on Hygiene and Sanitary Science.

Sec. 2. 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 least number of votes shall
be dropped and a new ballot held. This procedure shall be continued until
one of the nominees receives a majority of all votes cast, when he shall be
declared elected.



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Sec. 3. Time of Election. — The election of officers shall be the first order of
business of the House of Delegates after the reading of the minutes on the
afternoon of the third day of the annual session.

Sec. 4. Honorary Members. — Nominations for honorary membership from
the sections shall be referred without debate to the Committee on Sections and
Section Work, which shall consider the relative scientific attainments and
professional character of the nominees, and shall report its conclusions to the
House of Delegates for action. The election of honorary members shall im-
mediately follow the election of officers.

Sec. 5. Orators. — The House of Delegates shall elect annually three mem-
bers to deliver addresses in the General Meetings of the next ensuing annual
session — one on some topic or topics relating to general medicine, one to
general surgery, and one to state medicine.

Sec. 6. Installation.— The general officers of the Association, except the
president, shall be installed at the close of the last meeting of the annual
session at which they are elected.

Sec. 7. Installation of the President. — The president shall be installed at
the opening General Meeting of the annual session following that at which
he was elected.

BOOK III.— OFFICERS, TRUSTEES AND COMMITTEES.

Chapter VIII. — Duties of Officers.

Section 1. President. — The president shall preside at the General Meetings
and at the meetings of the House of Delegates, and shall perform such duties
as custom and parliamentary usage require. On the morning of the first day
of the annual session following his election he shall deliver an address at the
General Meeting not exceeding forty minutes in length on such matters as ha
may deem of importance to the Association. He may at any time make sug-
gestions to the General Meeting, to the House of Delegates or to standing or
special committees, provided such suggestions are made in writing.

Sec. 2. Vice-Presidents. — The vice-presidents shall assist the president in
the performance of his duties; during his absence, or at his request, one
of them shall officiate in his place. In case of the death, resignation or removal
of the president, the vacancy shall be filled by the ranking vice-president.

Sec. 3. General Secretary. — The general secretary shall give due notice of
the time and place of all annual and special sessions of the Association and
of the House of Delegates by publishing the same in The Journal of the
American Medical Association. He shall keep in separate books the minutes
of the General Meetings and of the House of Delegates. He shall notify
members of committees of their appointment and of the duties assigned to
them. It .shall be his duty to verify the credentials of members of the House
of Delegates and to provide a registration book for them, in which shall be
recorded the name of each delegate in attendance at each session, together
with that of the association, government service or section which he repre-
sents. He shall also prepare a roll of the delegates attending each session to
facilitate voting by roll call. He shall prepare for publication the official pro-
gram of each session, and shall perform such other duties as pertain to his
office or as may be directed by the Association, the House of Delegates or the
Board of Trustees. The secretary's salary shall be fixed by the Board of
Trustees.

Sec. 4. Treasurer. — The treasurer shall be the custodian of all moneys,
securities and deeds belonging to the Association which may come into his
possession, and shall hold the same subject to the direction and disposition of
the Board of Trustees. He shall give to the Board of Trustees a suitable bond
for the faithful performance of his trust and shall receive for his services a
salary to be fixed by the Board of Trustees.

Sec. .5. All business of each annual session shall be completed by the officers
(including section officers), who have served through the session.

Chapter IX. — Board of Trustees.

Section 1. Board of Trustees. — The Board of Trustees shall have charge of
all properties and of the financial affairs of the Association. At the first
meeting of the board after the annual session of the Association it shall or-
ganize by electing a chairman and a secretary, and the chairman shall appoint



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such committees as may be necessary or desirable. It shall be the duty of
this board to provide for and to superintend the publication of The Journal of
the American Medical Association, and of all proceedings, transactions and
memoirs of the Association. It shall have full discretionary power to omit
from The Journal of the American Medical Association, in part or in whole,
any paper that may be referred to it by any of the sections. It shall appoint
a general manager and an editor of The Journal, which two positions may be
held by one person, and such assistants as may be necessary, and shall
determine their salaries and the terms and conditions of their employment.
All resolutions or recommendations of the House of Delegates pertaining to
the expenditure of money must be approved by the Board of Trustees before
the same shall become effective. During the annual session of the Association
the board shall hold meetings as often as may be deemed necessary by the
chairman, and all matters referred to it by the House of Delegates shall be
reported on within twenty-four hours, if so requested by the house. The
Board of Trustees shall have the accounts of the treasurer and of The Journal
oflBce audited annually or oftener, if deemed necessary, and shall make an
annual report on the same to the House of Delegates, which report shall also
specify the character and cost of all the publications of the Association during
the year and the amount of all property belonging to the Association. In
case of a vacancy in the office of treasurer or secretary on account of death
or otherwise, the vacancy shall be filled by the Board of Trustees until the
next annual session of the House of Delegates. The Board of Trustees shall
fix the salary of the secretary and of the treasurer. Regular meetings of the
board shall be held immediately after the annual session of the Association,
and on the first Friday in the month of February of each year. Special meet-
ings of the board may be called at any time by the chairman, or by five
members of the board, by mailing a written or printed notice to the last
known address of each trustee, at least five days before such meeting is to be
held, in which shall be specified, in general terms, the object of such special
meeting, and no other business shall be transacted thereat: Provided, That if
at any time a meeting of the board be held at which all the trustees are
present, or the proceedings of which are approved in writing by every member
of the board, said meeting and proceedings shall be valid, without any
previous notice having been given. Five members of the board shall con-
stitute a quorum.

Sec. 2. The Board of Trustees shall have full control of all arrangements for
the annual sessions and shall provide meeting places for the Association,
House of Delegates and the various sections. It shall also have control of all
exhibits. The Board of Trustees, in their discretion, may appoint a local com-
mittee of arrangements, which shall be at all times under the control of the
Board of Trustees.

Chapter X. — Committees.

Section 1. Classification of Committees. — Committees shall be classified as
(a) Standing Committees, (b) Reference Committees, and (c) Special Com-
mittees. These committees shall be nominated by the president and elected
by the House of Delegates, unless otherwise provided.

Sec. 2. Reference Committees shall be nominated from among the members
of the House of Delegates, but any member of the Association shall be eligible
to serve on standing or special committees. All members of committees who
are not members of the House of Delegates shall have the right to present
their reports in person to the House of Delegates and to participate in the
debate thereon, but shall not have the right to vote.

Sec. 3. Standing Committees shall be the following:

(a) A Judicial Council.

(b) A Committee on Medical Legislation.

(c) A Committee on Transportation and Place of Session; and

(d) A Council on Medical Education.

Sec. 4. Judicial Council. — The Judicial Council shall be composed of five
members, one to be elected to serve for one year, one for two years, one for
three years, one for four years, and one for five years; thereafter one shall be
elected annually to serve for five years. It shall organize by electing a chair-
man and a secretary. The latter shall keep a permanent record of its pro-



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ceedings, shall conduct all correspondence, etc. The council shall hold such
meetings during the annual session and during the year as it may deem nec-
essary. Three members shall constitute a quorum. It shall make an annual
report of its proceedings to the House of Delegates. To this council shall be
referred all questions, complaints, protests and matters of an ethical nature.
When such complaints, protests, etc., concern an individual's relations with
his local society, they shall be considered by this council only after the same
shall have been referred to the Constituent Association concerned or on an
appeal from such Constituent Association. Its decisions shall be subject to
appeal to the House of Delegates.

Sec. 5. Committee on Medical Legislation. — The Committee on Medical Leg-
islation shall consist of three members, one to be elected for one year, one
for two years, and one for three years, and thereafter one shall be elected
annually to serve for three years. This committee shall have power to co-
operate with the officers of the state and local societies, and with the chief
officers of the United States Army and of the Navy, and the United States
Public Health and Marine Hospital Service, to create a National Legislative
Council and a National Auxiliary Congressional Committee, and to make such
rules not inconsistent with the Constitution and By-Laws of this Association
as it may deem desirable for their government. It shall be the duty of the
committee to represent before Congress and elsewhere the wishes of the Asso-
ciation regarding any proposed legislation that in any respect bears on the
promotion and the preservation of the public health or on the material or
moral welfare of the medical profession. This committee shall invite to a
conference once in each year, or oftener, if need be, the auxiliary committee
herein created, at which shall be considered questions of national and state
legislation, with the view of uniting all the influences of the profession of
the country in support of proper legislation and of securing uniformity so far
as may be possible and expedient. The Committee on Legislation shall report
to the House of Delegates at each annual session its proceedings during the
previous year, and shall recommend such action in respect to pending legis-
lation as it shall deem proper.

Sec. 6. Committee on Transportation and Place of Session.— The Committee
on Transportation and Place of Session shall consist of five members. The
chairman shall be elected to serve for three years; the other four members
shall be appointed by the president annually. It shall secure railroad rates for
the annual session and shall publish the same in The Journal of the American
Medical Association sufficiently early to enable all who desire to attend the
annual session to obtain necessary information. It shall recommend to the
House of Delegates a place at which to hold the next annual session, after
due consideration of the question of availability, means of transportation,
railroad rates, etc.

Sec. 7. Committee on Medical Education. — The Council on Medical Educa-
tion shall consist of five- members. One member shall be elected to serve one
year, one for two years, one for three years, one for four years, and one for
five years. Thereafter one member shall be elected each year to serve five
years. The council shall organize, shall elect a chairman and a secretary, and
shall adopt such regulations for the government of its actions as it deems
expedient. It shall expend money or contract financial obligations only as
shall be authorized in writing by the Board of Trustees.

The functions of the Council on Medical Education shall be:

1. To make an annual report to the House of Delegates on the existing con-
ditions of medical education in the United States.

2. To make suggestions as to the means and methods by which the American
Medical Association may best influence favorably medical education.

3. To act as the agent of the American Medical Association under instruc-
tions of the House of Delegates in its efforts to elevate the standard of medical
education.

Sec. 8. Reports of Standing Committees. — Reports of standing committees
shall, as far as possible, be transmitted to the general secretary ten days
before the annual session, who shall have them printed for distribution to the
members of the House of Delegates at the first meeting of the annual session.

Sec. 9. Special Committees. — Special committees may be created by the
House of Delegates to perform the special functions for which they are



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created. They shall be appointed by the officer presiding over the meeting
at which the committee is authorized.

Sec. 10. Reference Committees. — (a) Immediately after the organization of
the House of Delegates at each annual session the president shall appoint
from among its members such committees as may be deemed expedient by the
House of Delegates. Each committee shall consist of five members, unless
otherwise provided, the chairman to be specified by the president. The mem-
bers of these committees shall serve during the session at which they are
appointed.

(b) To the appropriate committee shall be referred resolutions, measures and
propositions presented to the House of Delegates before final action shall be
taken, unless otherwise unanimously ordered by the House of Delegates.

(c) Each reference committee shall as soon as possible after the adjournment
of each meeting, or during the meeting, if necessary, take up and consider
such business as may have been referred to it, and shall report on the same
at the next meeting, or when called on to do so. Three members shall con-
stitute a quorum.

(d) The following committees are hereby provided:

(1) A Committee on Sections and Section Work, to which shall be referred
all business relating to the sections.

(2) A Committee on Rules and Order of Business, to which shall be referred
all matters regarding rules governing the action, methods of procedure and
order of business of the House of Delegates.

(3) A Committee on Medical Education, to which shall be referred all mat-
ters relating to medical colleges and medical education. (The members of the
Council on Medical Education shall be members ex-offlcio of this committee.)



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