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August 21, 1954


JAMA. 1954;155(17):1498-1499. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690350040012

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Some spokesmen—self-styled or others—for the American Legion seem to be more interested in dramatically gaining publicity than in pursuing the objectives for which the Legion has been so long and so well known. To gain such publicity these spokesmen more recently have directed attention particularly to the American Medical Association. Whether they speak from the heart or are merely repeating parrot-like the words of others is immaterial; the fact remains they are making sensational charges that are being mentioned prominently in the daily press.

There appears to be an organized campaign, which some believe stems from only a few seemingly embittered persons, to have resolutions adopted by various state chapters of the American Legion condemning the American Medical Association. There is, for example, a striking similarity in actions taken in New York, Illinois, California, and Oklahoma. In general, there is an accusation that the House of Delegates of the American

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