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May 25, 1964

The Press of Iatric Articulation

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Canon City, Colo

JAMA. 1964;188(8):761. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060340059021

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To the Editor:—  One of the great derelictions in a democracy is the failure of citizens to realize they have a duty to respond, in writing, on subjects of public concern as they are treated in the public information media. If physicians have a poor press, it is because they do not express themselves sufficiently or frequently. It is not essential that the physician be prominent. He need only be factual, temperate, brief, and able to avoid bias and prejudicial language. The effectiveness of any such communication is not to be measured in terms of its being published, for if one letter is published it indicates that several more expressing the same convictions have been received.I am afraid we physicians are inclined to assume that our state and national organizations can carry the total responsiblity, and this is, in a sense, the reason why there is such a widespread

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