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April 11, 1936

Complete Handbook on State Medicine

JAMA. 1936;106(15):1336. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770150096035

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This compilation is designed for the use of debaters of the question of state medicine. It contains a study outline of the subject with a bibliography, briefs for both sides, with rebuttals, and some general instructions on debating. There is a fairer distribution of the quantity of material between the two sides than in other handbooks prepared for the same purpose. Yet the statements of the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care are said to be "far ahead, in authoritativeness, of any other evidence that you can possibly quote in this debate," and no reference is made to the fact that the accuracy of these statements has been seriously questioned. The College of Surgeons is also quoted as endorsing sickness insurance, which the negative is encouraged to offer as an alternative to state medicine. There is no quotation of the resolutions against sickness insurance by the House of Delegates

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