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February 2, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(5):410-411. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650310064033

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To the Editor:  —The news that the medical profession of the United States has instituted a widespread campaign to secure funds to aid their suffering colleagues in Germany will cause great joy and arouse a deep feeling of gratitude in the circles to which succor will be extended.The suffering among German physicians has reached an acute stage. They are members of the educated middle class, which has been particularly hard hit by the financial depression. The more elderly among them have lost the savings accumulated by a lifetime of hard work, and they are exposed to the bitterest need just at the time when old age, sickness and loss of earning power make the struggle for existence especially hard for them and their families. The physicians who, before the war and the revolution, had a good practice and many well-to-do clients, have lost that practice because their former clients

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