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February 20, 1954

WHY THE "BRICKER AMENDMENT" IS IMPORTANT TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION

JAMA. 1954;154(8):680. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940420042014

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Abstract

The controversy stimulated by the amendment to the Constitution proposed by Senator Bricker and 63 of his colleagues has spread to every segment of our population, including the medical profession. The American Medical Association has received a number of letters from physicians during the past few weeks expressing various sentiments concerning the proposal. Some endorse the amendment wholeheartedly; others have deplored the intervention of organized medicine in what they consider to be a nonmedical issue; still others have requested additional information defining the threat to our system of medical care posed by our present method of negotiating and ratifying treaties.

On January 7, 1953, Senator Bricker and 63 co-sponsors introduced S. J. Res. 1, 83rd Congress, which proposed the adoption of a constitutional amendment limiting the treaty-making authority. This resolution was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee together with S. J. Res. 43 (sponsored by the American Bar Association). On

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