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April 9, 1955


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8502 Jefferson St. Bethesda 14, Md.

JAMA. 1955;157(15):1333. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950320063020

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To the Editor:—  In his article, "Are Public Relations Programs Worth What They Cost?" (The Journal, Feb. 12, 1955, page 591) Mr. Robert L. Stearns points to the section of the Colorado Medical Practice Act that makes illegal the practice of medicine by a corporation and offers this as an example of poor public relations activity on the part of the medical profession. The author seems to feel that the passage of that act was ill-advised and that the law "will have to be amended," presumably to permit the corporate practice of medicine. Mr. Stearns should be aware that in San Francisco in June, 1950, the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association adopted a committee report that concluded that "as a matter of law the corporate practice of medicine is illegal in most states." Physicians in their relationships with hospitals must be guided not only by the laws

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