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To the Editor:—
A short time ago, Dr. Bortz, the distinguished President of the American Medical Association, made an address in Washington, D. C., in the course of which he appealed to doctors to take up the duties of statesmen.As one who has done this, let me add my voice to his appeal. There is, it seems to me, a highly desirable common bond of humanitarianism between the members of our profession, irrespective of nationality, and surely there was never greater urgency or greater opportunity to bring to humankind the benefit of that atmosphere.The traits of patience, understanding and perseverance that are to be found almost always in a successful doctor are like-wise needed in politicians and statesmen. Unhappily, too often they are lacking.I confess my dismay that not always are the fruits of one's efforts in the diplomatic field as readily apparent as in the practice
Arce J. MEDICAL STATESMANSHIP. JAMA. 1947;135(13):869. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890130059023