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March 23, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(12):1047. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970470045011

Medicine seems to be one of the few instances in which you cannot apply the old adage, "Too many cooks spoil the broth." The medical profession welcomes all, and is willing to share with all, who in any way join in the struggle to improve the nation's health. Organized medicine is certainly not reluctant to admit that it needs expert assistance in all allied fields to achieve the goal of physical, mental, and social well-being of all the people.

One of the many professional branches contributing to healthier living is the official public health agency. The fact that the American Public Health Association in its special task force report1 professes the same aims as organized medicine should dispel any implication that there is an apparent abyss between these two branches of the same profession. To be sure, the methods used by the two related fields to attain their mutual

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