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September 2, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(10):780-781. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740350038012

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The influence of the National Industrial Recovery Act on prosperity depends on the intelligent cooperation of all effective social and economic forces, under organized leadership. The medical profession is eager to do its part. Exactly what that part is the National Industrial Recovery Act does not say. The act limits its provisions to trades and industries, and the practice of medicine is neither a trade nor an industry.

Outside of the trades and industries, cooperation in the movement to restore prosperity is voluntary, a patriotic endeavor to follow the President's lead. The position of the medical profession as an organized group is, however, somewhat anomalous. Among the trades and industries, the present movement is designed to increase the labor costs of manufacture and distribution. The fact that this will result in increased prices for the products manufactured and distributed is not regarded as a drawback. The increase in payrolls and

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