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The relationship between the medical profession and the United Mine Workers of America provides a heartening example of how labor and medicine, when each side is presented by medical leaders sincerely devoted to high standards and imbued with a desire for mutual understanding, can work together amicably and effectively in a program to improve medical care for workers. A striking spirit of good will and cooperation dominated the third Conference on Medical Care in the Bituminous Coal Mine Area, held recently in Huntington, W. Va., and reported on page 1408 of this issue of The Journal. The atmosphere this year was in marked contrast to that of the first conference two years ago, when the air was charged with complaints, fears, and sharp disagreements.
The intervening two years have brought great improvement not only in liaison and mutual understanding but also in medical facilities and the quality of medical service.
A HEARTENING EXAMPLE. JAMA. 1954;156(15):1405-1406. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950150027012