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September 19, 1936

The Next Hundred Years: The Unfinished Business of Science

JAMA. 1936;107(12):992. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770380074031

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In this volume an author with a fine sense of satire indicates the way in which science has failed to meet its responsibilities and obligations. As might be expected, a man without medical training is likely to be a little weak in his approach to the medical problem, as, indeed, he is weak in his approach to the problems of other fields of science where he has had insufficient training. He is inclined to believe in compulsory sickness insurance or even socialized medicine as the solution to the problem of medical distribution and medical care for all the people, and it is apparent that his reading in these matters is exceedingly limited and that the limitations have been still further restricted to the literature conferred on him by propagandists. Nevertheless, the book is exceedingly well written and most provocative and stimulating in relationship to the paths which research must follow

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