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To the Editor:—
Much theoretical tripe has been written about socialized medicine. Since the proof of the pudding is in the eating, the real test is how the system operates in actual practice. For those near-sighted members of our profession who still insist that socialization of medicine will cure all our problems, both imaginary and real, the following excerpt from a letter just received from a fellow practitioner in England may be instructive."You are fortunate indeed I imagine, in America, in that you do not labour under nationalised medicine as we do. One's every activity is checked and rechecked by a horde of highly paid clerks who have arisen overnight and who delight in sitting on the doctor's back. It is very discouraging, as these are the people who earn the money, and being usually people of little education are pleased to wield their new authority on any matter,
Wiener AS. SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. JAMA. 1951;145(2):106. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920200046023