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Physicians’ Progressive League Loses Fight in N.Y. County Medical Society

November 28, 1928
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The Physicians’ Progressive League, an opposition body within the Medical Society of the County of New York, putting up Dr. A. J. Rongy as candidate for president of the society, was defeated in the annual elections which took place Monday night, the result of which became known early Tuesday morning.

The opposition, charging the administration with indifference to the economic problems of the profession in New York brought about the changing conditions, polled an unexpectedly high vote gaining 453 votes for Dr. Rongy. The administration ticket, headed by Dr. DeWitt Stetten, was victorious with 823 votes.

Dr. Charles Spivacke and Dr. Joseph Subkis, who were associated with Dr. Rongy on the ticket, as candidates for delegates to the Medical Society of the State of New York, were also defeated. Among those elected were Dr. Abraham Stachstein as Chairman of the Committee on Membership and Dr. Marcus A. Rothschild, as Censor. Among the delegates to the New York Society elected were Dr. Albert S. Hyman and Dr. Samuel Kleinberg.

During the campaign the Physicians’ Progressive League sent out circulars charging that in the last few years there had been a “lamentable tendency on the part of the administration to keep in office men who have no great sympathy with the needs of the profession.” The County Society, according to the critics, has “completely ignored the important economic problems which confronted the profession,” notably the encroachment of free clinics and the institutional practice of medicine on the livelihood of the physician.

A report condemning fee-splitting by physicians with the specialists they recommend was presented by Dr. Samuel J. Kopetzky, Chairman of the Committee on Civic Policy. The vote against the practice of fee-splitting was adopted 1,017 to 142.


A community Thanksgiving service will be held Thursday morning, November 29th, at 10:45 in the great auditorium at Carnegie Hall. The churches and synagogues which will hold the community service include: Community Church, Free Synagogue, Central Synagogue. West End Synagogue. Church of the Divine Paternity, Temple Israel, West Side Unitarian Church Baha’is Society of New York, Tremont Temple, Rodeph Sholom Congregation.

The Thanksgiving Day sermon will be preached by Norman Thomas, whose theme will be “Thanksgiving in Action.”

The ministers and the rabbis of the churches and synagogues will take part.

The music will be under the direction of A. W. Binder, Director of the Free Synagogue choir.

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