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August 11, 1945

THE SUPPLY OF LABORATORY SERVICE

Author Affiliations

Amsterdam, N. Y. Director, Montgomery County Laboratory.

JAMA. 1945;128(15):1124. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860320066027

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In The Journal, June 16, page 539, Dr. Theodore Curphey criticized Montgomery County's method of supplying medical laboratory service to the public. His main objections were that: 1. If put into practice throughout the state and in other states, the system would "seriously jeopardize the healthy and natural development that laboratory medicine is now enjoying." 2. It would "limit the freedom of choice of the younger pathologist and would tend to force him into seeking state laboratory appointments." 3. It would "place at a serious economic disadvantage those private pathologists who work in proprietary hospitals or have laboratories of their own and who engage in private practice." 4. "These two things would be serious deterrents to the entry into the specialty of pathology by younger men." 5. The public's appreciation of pathologic services would be weakened because it is free. 6. "It might be harmful also to

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