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August 10, 1964

The Needle and Socialized Medicine

JAMA. 1964;189(6):519. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070060129024

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In 1931, little Johnny screamed with slight pain and great anger as old Dr. Brown gave him his second typhoid shot. "I hate doctors!" roared little Johnny. In 1964, big John seems to be antagonistic to doctors. He inclines favorably toward the King-Anderson bill.Is the incident of 1931 related to John's adverse feeling toward medicine in 1964? Have millions of childhood injections immunized people against the image of the "kindly family doctor"? How much of the considerable antagonism to the doctors' image is the conscious or subconscious residuum of little Johnny's cry, "I hate doctors!"? If a full fledged National Health Service finally arrives (in stages), perhaps it will be the result of many needles stuck in many quivering young behinds.

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