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PRESENT STATUS OF THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE IN THE UNION OF SOCIALIST SOVIET REPUBLICS
ARNOLD L. LIEBERMAN, M.D., PH.D. Gary, Ind.What with wishful thinking, plain ignorance and sheer progaganda, there is such a cloud of confusion on the present-day status of the practice of medicine in the Soviet Union that it seems desirable to put down what facts can be actually verified from unimpeachable official sources and personal observation. The material was gathered while I was visiting Russia incidental to the fifteenth International Physiologic Congress. I was given every facility to come and go freely. As I speak the language, I needed no interpreters or guides. My expenses were all defrayed by myself.In order to obtain a fair background of the present situation, one must first grasp the fundamental fact that the Soviets inherited a country endowed with only a meager medical system. According to the Great Russian
Medical Economics. JAMA. 1935;105(24):1989–1991. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760500041017
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