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January 27, 1951

CRITICISM OF DEVOTO'S ARTICLE IN HARPER'S MAGAZINE

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JAMA. 1951;145(4):250. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920220058018

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Editor's Note—  Following are letters from two members of the American Medical Association who wrote to Mr. Bernard DeVoto criticizing his recent article in Harper's Magazine, January 1951:Dear Mr. DeVoto:I'm sorry I didn't write you in November to tell you how much I enjoyed and appreciated your wonderful article entitled "But Sometimes They Vote Right Too." Your development of the thesis that the expert "can be a fine hired hand but we have paid high to learn that he makes a damned bad boss" was so completely in accord with my own thinking that I found myself cheering from the first word to the last.I have preached and written in the same vein for years (enclosed is a reprint of "The Health Department, A Good Servant But Bad Master") and I was delighted to see the antiauthoritarian viewpoint so beautifully and forcefully expressed.I didn't write you—but

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