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October 23, 1954

The Meaning of Social Medicine

JAMA. 1954;156(8):799. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950080047025

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Social medicine, as distinguished from socialized medicine, is discussed in regard to its history, significance, and future by the former secretary of the Committee on Medicine and the Changing Order of the New York Academy of Medicine. This book is organized so that its final chapter contains the "quintessence of the argument," while its author states in the foreword "the originality of this work is to be found in the exposition of the argument rather than in its conclusions." Following the last chapter is an addendum, "Social Medicine in England," in which the author more fully explains the difference between social and socialized medicine. Social medicine is, says Dr. Galdston, "a derivative of the progress of medicine itself." It "belongs to that order of important world events which are not deliberately brought about, but simply occur." It is medicine concerned both with healing disease and with making the sick man

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