July 6, 1964

Why Physicians Strike

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Los Angeles

JAMA. 1964;189(1):66. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070010072022

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To the Editor:—  The medical profession has gone through a difficult time in its strike in Belgium. Although it was a local Belgium problem, the profession even in this country was subjected to criticism.Revolt by physicians is a particularly difficult concept for the public to grasp, but it is just as difficult for most of the profession throughout the world to accept. Interestingly enough, the public does not complain when it is the individual physician who protests. Indeed, they often sympathize and agree with him. It is the organized action of the profession which they fear.News commentators and popular magazine writers have had their field day making sneering remarks about the lack of dedication of the modern-day physician. I believe that it is our time to answer.We have developed and fostered the concept of dedication until it has become a vulnerable point for attack. The picture of

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