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August 8, 1966

The Threat to Medicine

Author Affiliations

Wayne, Mich.

JAMA. 1966;197(6):516. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110060190040

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To the Editor:—  The threat to our medical freedom is a lot more subtle than that which we face from our government. It comes from our brethren in the field of hospital administration. These gentlemen have gone far in their quest for power as evidenced by the attitude of a recent applicant for the post of hospital administrator. In referring to his previous hospital, he described the hospital as "his" hospital and the doctors as "his" doctors and the board of directors as "his" board of directors. To him, all of these people played a subservient function to his ultimate aims. These aims are to form medical centers in which the hospital administrator would direct all activities.The hospital administrator at one time was a man of consequence and upon his shoulders fell the burden of the financial solvency of the hospital. Today he has little to worry about, all