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To the Editor:
—I want to protest against putting the observations of the Wilbur Committee in the editorial pages. Put them back in the Tonics and Sedatives column, where they belong.There seems to be some surprise at the findings of the committee. I have noticed that when several genial gentlemen of generous proportions, piloted by red noses, start out to investigate the liquor situation they generally agree that about 4 per cent beer freely distributed is indispensable for the preservation of civilization. The harmonious conclusions seem almost angelic.Really, was there any one who recognized that committee five years ago who couldn't anticipate the report? There wasn't a regular doctor or a practical hospital man in the whole outfit. I mean that there were comparatively few who had extensive experience in dealing with folks first hand, who had a first hand knowledge of why costs are high.Here is
Hertzler AE. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE COSTS OF MEDICAL CARE. JAMA. 1932;99(26):2202. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740780054028