Medicine: Servants of the State

During the War (1916) municipal health officers throughout Great Britain decided to admit the fact that they were no longer professional men but civil servants. They formed a Medical Practitioners Union primarily to protect their civil service rights, but otherwise they kept aloof from the political and economic activities of other British trade unionists. Last week 3,847 members of the Medical Practitioners Union decided to take the final step. They joined the British Trades Union Congress, equivalent of the American Federation of Labor. With the Union Practitioners went the dozens of health...

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