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May 4, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(18):1636-1637. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760180068016

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Under the heading Medical Economics in this issue of The Journal appears a transcript of hearings and various official actions of the legislature and medical bodies in California in relationship to sickness insurance. Politically the situation in California is exceedingly complicated. The medical profession seems to be playing the rôle it thinks best under the circumstances and the conditions. Nevertheless the assumption of this rôle has brought about some peculiar situations. For example, the California Dental Association invited the Editor of The Journal two years ago and again in May 1934 to address the annual session of that body. The California Medical Association at that time gave its approval to the visit. Because of the developments in the political situation, state medical officers of California apparently thought it wise more recently that the point of view of the American Medical Association be prevented as far as possible from reaching the

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