November 1, 1952


JAMA. 1952;150(9):950. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680090114021

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President's Address.  —Dr. P. T. O'Farrell, in his presidential address, entitled "Topics, Thoughts and Tendencies," gave a panoramic view of present day medicine. In the matter of medical politics, he remarked that the British Medical Association is obviously dissatisfied with some of the provisions of the National Health Service and has voiced the hope that reforms will be made under amending legislation. The recent Danckwerts award, while meeting the just complaint of the physicians on a financial issue, does not, of course, remedy many other grievances connected with the working of the National Health Service. While the Irish Medical Association is not likely to be faced by a national health service on the British lines, it does fear the imposition of bureaucratic state control, which it will strenuously oppose; this is not in the nature of a maverick revolt, nor is it based on the whimsy notion of being "agin

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