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June 7, 1941

America Organizes Medicine

JAMA. 1941;116(23):2637. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820230081029

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Before offering adverse criticisms it should be said that this book contains so much valuable material on medical economics as to entitle it to careful reading by every one interested in this subject. So far as the book has a central theme it seems to be that medicine is moving toward more and more organization. Developments are presented with more emphasis laid on the activities of medical societies and consumer organizations than on compulsory sickness insurance. However, the strong bias against organized medicine and in favor of what might be called the social service point of view is dominant. The statements of the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care and the Interdepartmental Committee and the National Health Conference are accepted as authoritative.

The subject of the quality of care as a test of the value of any method of supplying medical care is carefully avoided. By implication, at least,

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