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February 10, 1951

Santa Claus, M.D.

JAMA. 1951;145(6):445. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920240081034

The author of this book is well suited to reviewing for the general population the role of the medical profession and the health of the nation. He has long been known for his work in the health education field and for his characteristic way of marshalling convincing facts rather than relying on emotion to sway an audience.

This book contains information that answers countless questions. While there may be some dispute with respect to some of the figures or interpretation of these figures, the dispute will not come from friends or critics of medicine who really seek a presentation of basic information and philosophy and who are willing to forego minor details that provide nothing except fodder for argument. Dr. Bauer strikes in his book at the basic philosophy underlying compulsory health insurance, freedom for the layman or patient or taxpayer—whichever you may wish to call him—and the physician. While

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