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October 15, 1938

ORGANIZATION SECTION

JAMA. 1938;111(16):1473-1476. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790420053018

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Abstract

PRESS COMMENT ON THE SPECIAL SESSION OF THE HOUSE OF  DELEGATESThe special session of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association developed some specific conclusions regarding the future trend in medical practice and also in relationship specifically to the National Health Program. The reactions of the press of the country to these decisions of the House of Delegates should interest every physician. In general, comments were highly favorable to the American Medical Association. Thus the Cincinnati Star said:The attitude of the A. M. A. toward what is loosely called "socialized medicine," should be clearly understood. Its first concern has been to safeguard the standards of private medicine in order to protect the public health. It has insisted upon the right of the patient to select his own physician. It has opposed the hiring of physicians either by private groups or by the government. It has always

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