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November 11, 1950

HEALTH AND POLITICS

JAMA. 1950;144(11):930-931. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920110042014

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Abstract

Some of the actions taken by politically minded persons in recent years have provoked storms of protest by countless Democrats and Republicans. They, after all, are citizens first and decry any attempts to shortchange the people of this nation. Nevertheless, loudshouting but fact-poor persons from time to time bay with self-convincing raucousness in a way that suggests to the casual observer that they speak for one of the political parties. Both Republicans and Democrats have over the years been faced with the problem of controlling such persons and probably will never be free of this embarrassment as long as freedom continues to reign.

On numerous occasions one of these persons, Oscar R. Ewing, would-be politician, has been a source of embarrassment to the members of the political party to which he professes allegiance. The number of times that he has spouted forth and been denied by members of his own

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