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January 31, 1920


JAMA. 1920;74(5):293-297. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620050001001

Before the war, a new era made itself known in many ways; but medicine, especially in the United States, either held aloof or, at any rate, did not actively face the facts. Many things included under the term socialization affected medical practice as well as medical study. In England, several years before the war, the new course affected the profession abruptly and without preparation in the form of the insurance laws. Because of the strong similarity with political tendencies in this country we should have taken more interest in that movement in Great Britain. I do not intend to enlarge on details now, but mention the incident as an illustration. As the editors of the Revue de médecine remark in announcing some changes in the plan of that sound and representative journal, "medicine is becoming less academic and speculative, but more physiologic and social."

INDIVIDUALISM AND DEMOCRACY  Many foreigners, including

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