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October 4, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(14):1030-1031. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720140052020

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The Socialization of the Medical Profession  In a previous letter (The Journal, August 16, p. 543) the adoption by the British Medical Association of a scheme in which a full medical service is to be provided by the state for every person, i. e., the completion of the socialization of the medical profession, was described. It was explained that such socialization was desired neither by the profession nor by the association, but that in the present socialistic phase of British politics such a development was thought inevitable and that it was held to be better for the profession to bring forward a scheme than to have one imposed on it. But this momentous decision is viewed with considerable misgiving by a large minority of the profession, including those who have always regarded the national insurance act as anathema. Their objections were ably voiced by Dr. Graham Little, a dermatologist, who

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