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October 27, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(9):900-902. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970260050016

LET'S KEEP THE DOOR OPEN  George F. Lull, M.D., ChicagoWhen the American Legion and the American Medical Association agree—as they already do on many principles and in many areas of activity—they should cooperate to the fullest possible extent, not just for their mutual benefit but for the benefit of all Americans. On the other hand, if and when they disagree on certain points, they must do so calmly, reasonably, and with respect for one another's motives. After all, differences of opinion, and the right to express those opinions, are important ingredients in the democracy to which both groups are dedicated.That is the essence of my main message. Why does the A. M. A. consider it good policy to repeat and reemphasize that message whenever possible? What has happened in relations between the Legion and the A. M. A. to make such a message necessary? For the benefit of

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