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When a community puts on its Sunday best to woo a doctor into its fold, that is a love story. But it is more than that. Elsewhere in this issue (page 468) is an article entitled "Portraits In Harmony." It is the story of how local medical societies, through their placement services, are helping rural areas reverse the trend of general practitioners going to big cities. The towns are doing this by campaigning for contributions and investments, and by donating time and labor to create the one thing most young doctors cannot afford outright: facilities to meet the demands of modern medicine. The doctor is not given a handout; instead he properly and willingly pays for his clinic in rent or gradual purchase. These efforts are building communities—and thereby building America.
PORTRAITS IN HARMONY. JAMA. 1956;162(5):474. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970220038011