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November 22, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(21):1629. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610470065030

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To the Editor:  —I have just finished reading Dr. Farrand's pamphlet on health centers as peace time activities for the great Red Cross organization. As near as I can judge, most of this work will be planned by laymen, and I can see in it, what every medical man will see on reflection, the possibility of sentimentality overriding common sense.If this health work is to do any real good, it must be steered by wise counsel of the best men in the profession; and in my judgment it is of such importance that the problems should be handled by a special committee of the American Medical Association. It is possible that something of the sort has been planned.Enthusiasts in health and welfare work find it easy to strike a popular chord and arouse enthusiasm in the lay mind over their theories, some of which would not stand analysis;

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