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November 13, 1987

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Mobile, Ala

Mobile, Ala

JAMA. 1987;258(18):2529-2530. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400180063023

To the Editor.—  I turned fairly quickly to A PIECE OF MY MIND1 in reading THE JOURNAL of July 3, 1987.I was appalled at the picture that it presents of a southern state in which I was reared and have lived all of my life. If the dateline had been July 3, 1943, or earlier it would have been quite believable, but I am afraid that Mr Rodgers has sacrificed a great deal of truth in his attempt at drama.The question that comes quickly to my mind is, what is a first-year medical student from Massachusetts doing giving physical examinations to anybody anywhere? The people of Alabama have ready access to medical care without regard to race or color. The physician-to-patient ratio in Alabama compares favorably with that of other southern states and not badly with the national average. Racial segregation went out in Alabama in the late 1950s