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August 13, 1938


JAMA. 1938;111(7):623-631. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790330043013

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THE SOFT IMPEACHMENT  New York Herald Tribune, August 2The nation is just getting itself adjusted to Mr. Thurman Arnold's novel method of antitrust prosecution by what might be called the soft impeachment. His recent announcement that he was setting out to enjoin the motion picture companies as violators of the law, but was doing so in only the most constructive and friendliest possible spirit, had much to recommend it; here at last, it seemed, was a way through which the antitrust laws might be made into really serviceable instruments of rational industrial regulation. But when Mr. Arnold suddenly extends the same polite constructivity into the nonindustrial problem of group medicine one is not, in the first moment of astonishment, quite so sure.The implications of the proceeding are so remarkable as rather to overshadow the specific allegations of sabotage against the district

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