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May 1964

Medicine and the State.

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By Matthew J. Lynch, MD, MRCP (Lond), FCAP; Stanley S. Raphael, MB, BS (Lond). Price, $9.75. Pp 449. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1963.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):791-792. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110171051

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The manager of a well-known baseball team, who is noted for his ingenious rhetorical constructions, has been quoted as saying that when evaluating player performance, he "observes, by watching." Such tautologisms are not without a certain merit. Whether intentionally or not, they do serve to make the speaker's thought emphatically clear. Pursuing this reasoning, it is proper to record that, in my opinion, Medicine and the State has no peer among several such studies that have come to my attention in the past four or five years. In short, I would like to add, it is the best evaluation, on the market today, of the various systems of government-controlled medicine.

The arrangement of the book is reminiscent of a well-organized necropsy protocol, although the subject under scrutiny is anything but dead! It begins with a general appraisal of the "clinical situation," summarizing the vigorous opinions of both proponents and opponents

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