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April 24, 1937


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Springfield, Mass.

JAMA. 1937;108(17):1449. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780170067026

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To the Editor:—  Notwithstanding the ravages of the World War and of the chaotic period that followed it, Vienna nevertheless succeeded in retaining her popularity among American physicians as a first class postgraduate medical center. During the past summer, for instance, there were approximately seventy-five English-speaking physicians constantly in attendance, and the organization which served them, the American Medical Association of Vienna (in no way connected with our own American Medical Association) boasted a life membership exceeding eight thousand, accumulated during its thirty-two years of existence.The most plausible explanation for this enduring popularity is unquestionably the "hands-off" policy of the Austrian government, which until recently at least has been not to interfere with the intellectual and scientific pursuits of its universities. Unfortunately, however, sufficient evidence exists to indicate a gradual deviation of late from this liberal policy. Manifestations of political regimentation, such as the removal of men, even though

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