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August 6, 1938

THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INTERVENES IN MEDICAL CARE

JAMA. 1938;111(6):534. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790320046016

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Abstract

On Sunday afternoon, July 31, delicately timed for Monday morning newspapers, which have in the summer plenty of space, Thurman W. Arnold, assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice of the United States, author of a work on economics and government called "The Folklore of Capitalism," released a statement indicating that the Department of Justice proposes to prosecute the American Medical Association as a monopoly under the federal anti-trust laws if a grand jury investigation to be made in the District of Columbia results in indictments against the American Medical Association, against the affiliated society in Washington, and against certain leaders of organized medicine.

This is the third statement issued to the press by the assistant attorney general as to the intentions of the Department of Justice in this regard. In the statement just issued to the press, the assistant attorney general apparently offers to the American Medical Association

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