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November 3, 1951


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1159 Hancock St., Quincy 69, Mass.

JAMA. 1951;147(10):990. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670270080032

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To the Editor:  —Your recent editorial regarding local health units (J. A. M. A. Sept. 22, 1951) causes me a great deal of concern. If the medical health units could confine themselves to the limitations set down by the American Medical Association, then all would be well; I would have no cause for argument or concern. However, it is hard to breathe life into an institution without encouraging within it (and those that run it) the desire for growth and expansion.Of the two health centers currently functioning in the United States, one is located in my own city of Quincy, and I have had an opportunity to observe its attempts at self-inflation at close hand. As a matter of fact, one can count on almost daily publicity releases emanating from this source in a determined effort to enhance its prestige in the eyes of the public.Every physician will

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