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November 6, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;109(19):1553-1558. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780450057020

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Oct. 9, 1937.

The British Medical Association and the Public  The British Medical Association has made a new departure. A special meeting of the council was convened to consider a memorandum of proposals for organizing public opinion on behalf of the association and improving the public relations of the medical profession generally. It seems to the council that although individual members of the public have, as a general rule, high regard for their own physicians, the public as a body is often suspicious and critical of the medical profession as a whole and of the British Medical Association in particular. Physicians are news when they are in trouble, as when charged with drunkenness, when they appear in the divorce court or when charged with negligence. The public is in great measure ignorant of the work of the association's on medicosociological problems. It is reminded of

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