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June 11, 1932

ORGANIZED MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

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Health Officer of the State of Alabama MONTGOMERY, ALA.

JAMA. 1932;98(24):2045-2048. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730500011004
Abstract

Neither an attitude of smug complacency nor a smoke-screen of tradition affords a proper method of approach for the solution of the many knotty problems now facing organized medicine. The solvent searchlight of science, playing for the past two or more generations on many of Nature's hidden secrets, has served to dissipate the veil of mystery in which many professional theories and traditional practices have formerly been wrapped. Speculative hypotheses no longer appease the modern materialistic mind which now clamors loudly for a type of medical service that will protect its physical body from the ravages of disease proved through scientific discovery to be preventable. So precipitous, so speedy has been this shift, and so insistent have been the demands made that, with reason enough, the medical profession, with tap-roots dipping deep down into the centuries, has had difficulty in adjusting itself to this changing order.

Life as it is

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