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November 23, 1935

The Doctor and the Public: A Study of the Sociology, Economics, Ethics, and Philosophy of Medicine, Based on Medical History

JAMA. 1935;105(21):1711. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760470065034

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After a surgical practice of a quarter of a century, Dr. Warbasse is devoting himself to the economic aspects of medical work. He expresses his point of view by saying that the solution of the medical problem is to be found in expanding the functions of the medical profession and in increasing the employment of physicians. Dr. Warbasse seems inclined to favor voluntary socialization of medicine without political control— a handsome ideal but certainly, in the present state of our civilization, only an ideal. In this volume he traces the history of health protection from the earliest times, giving special attention to the development of medicine among the Greeks and among the civilized countries of the middle ages. More than two thirds of his volume is thus devoted to a brief history of the development of scientific and preventive medicine. With chapter 8 he begins a discussion of medical education

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