MEDICAL UNION NUMBER SIX. [New York: The Monograph Press, 1904.]. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-2] 3-60 [61-62: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original dark brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. A novella narrated by a physician who sailed off to the South Pacific and, after shipwreck and thirty years of isolation among primitive people on Borneo, is rescued by a passing ship and returns to America in 1940. He finds that all doctors have been unionized. (So have clergymen.) He is penniless and must join the union to make a living. As opposition to the union mounts, it goes on strike, releases two million rats inoculated with bubonic plague and, after 60 million fatalities and the reduction of America to a "tenth-rate power," the opposition collapses and the strike is called off. The union has triumphed. "Dystopia brought about by unionization of doctors. Anti-union tract." - Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 132. A fine copy. (#149335).
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