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To the Editor:
—It is encouraging to note, in your report of the International Conference on Medical Economics (The Journal, October 22, p. 1434), that the Dutch Medical Association has a Committee for Prophylaxis Against War. Your correspondent adds: "This is a new body which believes that the medical profession has a special mission in regard to the fight against war, using the parallel of the Red Cross."In this connection it might be timely to recall that the first organized effort to enlist physicians in the cause of world comity was made through the Association Médicale Internationale pour Aider à la Suppression de la Guerre, founded in March, 1905, by that representative French colleague, Dr. Joseph Rivière of Paris. It was his aim, through fellow practitioners, to build up a strong, world-wide sentiment against conflicts between nations, and a widespread membership in this praiseworthy movement had been gained through
Hirsh AB. PROPHYLAXIS AGAINST WAR. JAMA. 1933;100(3):209. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740030057030
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