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Social Insurance Legislation
The new social insurance legislation, which was hastily passed by the chamber of deputies, is based on the German law as still applied in Alsace-Lorraine, and takes no account of French medical traditions. In a recent communication to the Academy of Medicine, M. Weiss, dean of the Faculté de médecine of Strasbourg, pointed out that the system in Alsace-Lorraine had decreased the independence and lowered the dignity of physicians; debased the quality of medical and surgical treatment, and was threatening to compromise medical instruction itself. M. Balthazard confirmed the conclusions of M. Weiss and suggested modifications in the bill. He emphasized that the French medical syndicates, which have never separated the professional interests of the physicians from the interests of the patients or from the interests of medical science, have nothing in common with the German medical syndicates or leagues of physicians, which were created solely to
PARIS. JAMA. 1925;84(26):2015–2016. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660520043024
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