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December 11, 1967

The Only Source of Freedom

JAMA. 1967;202(11):1041-1044. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130240083016

In making his Clinical Convention report to the House of Delegates, I believe your President should attempt a broad view of the future. I believe he should look ahead not only from the viewpoint of our profession but from a more broadly based view of the nation as a whole.

If we are to build a better tomorrow, our efforts and those of all citizens must be to build the nation. We cannot be content trying to build only one corner of it.

The future of the individual physician, of patient care, and of the methods by which it will be made available to all people do not depend on our efforts alone. They depend also on the future attitude of the nation toward free enterprise, on the degree of future national respect for individual initiative, and on the extent of future overall acceptance of the concept that personal satisfaction