Often the masses are plundered and do not know it.
Lodge Doctors and the Poor
Medical Care Before the Welfare State, 1900-1930
Lodge practice became particularly extensive in urban and industrial
centers. In 1915, for example, Dr. S.S. Goldwater, Health Commissioner
of New York City, went so far as to assert that in many communities it
had become “the chosen or established method of dealing with sickness
among the relatively poor.” In the Lower East Side of New York City, he
noted, 500 physicians catered to Jewish societies alone. Among blacks in
New Orleans there were over 600 fraternal societies with lodge practice
during the 1920s.