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March 18, 1950

This I Do Believe

JAMA. 1950;142(11):858. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910290086045

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This group of essays is of great interest, spelling out the reasons for faith in democracy as those reasons have been evolved by one of our most distinguished and perceptive public servants. Reading this book will be good for those troubled by the many alarms and fears of present times, for those who have lost sight of the fundamental nature of the democratic principles which have made America. Implicit in most of these essays is the basic belief that the opportunity is more important than matter.

Particularly relevant in these days of uncertainty are the few pages dedicated to the thesis that an informed public may control its own destiny. This, long apparent to doctors concerned with the medical and social welfare of the community, has been vividly expressed here.

Many of the examples Mr. Lilienthal uses in making his points are drawn from his experience with the Tennessee Valley

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