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April 3, 1954


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Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1954;154(14):1207-1208. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940480059026c

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It has always been accepted as sound policy to sit very still and listen for at least six months when one has assumed a new position, particularly one as much in the spotlight and surrounded with as many pitfalls and responsibilities as Assistant Secretary (Health and Medical) in the Department of Defense. Therefore, I hope that you will forgive me if at times I seem to be upon somewhat insecure ground.

Our new approach to this problem is predicated upon the assumption that those of us here today who hold an M.D. degree have all been through similar experiences in our medical school careers and in that formative period have held similar aspirations and hopes. It was a great tumble from Olympus when, in three short months with our college degrees safely tucked under our arms, we found ourselves freshmen again and almost as crass as we were three or

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