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Medical Club of Philadelphia, Appendix B, Membership

The Club grew robustly to the point where it attained a total of 1.393 membersin 1924 (In 1911 it had a thousand members compared to a total of forty thousand in the American Medical Association.) Exact figures are not available for all years. Some totals were taken from Annual Reports, but these figures are distorted by the fact that for many decades they continued to count persons who were two years delinquent in dues, as members. In some cases, they also counted applicants who had not paid any dues or admission fees. It was not until the 1970s that dues were collected before applicants were elected to membership.

For some years numbers were computed from records of dues & initiation fees paid. In other cases, where members were elected late in the year, their dues were credited both to the year paid and following year. Finanicial records are not available for some years, and in others these simply are no records from which figures can be computed.

1893 570

1899 230

1900 313

1901 365

1902 460

1903 570

1904 644

1905 614

1906 640

1907 799

1908 846

1909 928

1910 931

1911 998

1912 1,010

1913 999

1914 1,042

1915

1916 1,107

1917 1,121

1918 1,067

1919 1,190

1920 1,211

1921 1,235

1922 1,205

1923

1924 1,393

1925 1,362

1926 1,359

1927 1,258

1928 1,329

1929 1,288

1930 1,348

1931 1,247

1932 1,159

1933 1,079

1934 982

1935 936

1936 910

1937 868

1938 821

1939 854

1940 860

1941 870

1942 767

1943 749

1944 748

1945 752

1946 765

1947 792

1948 990

1949 1,007

1950 965 (Dues increased

1951 942 from $5 to $10)

1952 958

1953 936

1954 924

1955 880

1956 876

1957 857

1958 800

1959 802

1960 799

1961 756

1962 724

1963 728

1964 703

1965 696

1966 684

1967 679

1968 671

1969 674

1970 654

1971 619

1972 629

1973 590

1974

1975 669

1976 555

1977 446 (Dues increased

1978 410 to $25)

1979 410

1980 412

1981 379

1982 387

1983 398

1984 329 (Dues increased

1985 409 to $35)

1986 390

1897 397

1988 387

1989 400

1990 398

1991 388

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