Medico-Quirurgica De Proteccion Al Anciano, and Clinica Del Nino, the
latter for children. Their membership dues range from 20 cents a week to
$2 a month per capita.
In 1939 the 11 clubs and group medicine societies had an
aggregate membership of more than 16,000 and treated nearly that
number of patients annually. The total investment in property and other
assets of these groups approximated $1,000.000.
While the Latin associations were primarily formed for their own
racials, Anglo-Americans and other non-Latins are now welcomed to
membership on equal terms, and many of them have availed themselves
of this privilege. In fact, observing the success of the Latin groups,
American promoters in Tampa have attempted to organize similar
societies, but with little success. The Anglo-American's lack of
organization aptitude, and his reluctance to make self sacrifices in time
and effort has difficulty in translating into practice the Latin slogan, "all
for one and one for all."
Besides group medicine, for a small additional amount the Latin
clubs provide unemployment compensation to the sick, and pay funeral
expenses at death, thereby extending mutual and benevolent aid from
the cradle to the grave.
Support of the belief that Tampa was the birthplace of group
medicine in the United States, and that it now has the oldest existing