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January 30, 1915


Author Affiliations

Chief Statistician, Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation, Limited; President, Casualty Actuarial and Statistical Society of America NEW YORK

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(5):381-386. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570310001001

It is seldom that I have accepted an invitation to speak on social insurance with such enthusiasm and alacrity as the one that came from your committee. For over ten years I have devoted my leisure hours to propaganda in favor of social insurance measures in this country, and I look with a great deal of satisfaction to the change of public attitude toward what when my studies began was considered an idle dream or a revolutionary measure, but has now reached the dignity of an immediate program for most progressive organizations. During all these years it has been my hope that the interest and enthusiasm of the medical profession might eventually be enlisted in the cause. It is not only because I am the proud possessor of a medical diploma, although its use has long been discarded, but mainly because of a deep-seated conviction that there is no other

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