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February 15, 1941

Current Comment

JAMA. 1941;116(7):598. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820070048016

AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ON TRIAL  In the Organization Section of this issue of The Journal begins the report of the trial on the indictment of the American Medical Association, the District of Columbia Medical Society, the Harris County Medical Society, the Washington Academy of Surgery and many individual physicians, which has been the subject of great medical interest since it was first filed in 1939. The report here published, while not verbatim, is sufficiently inclusive to supply readers with a full account of the proceedings. Indeed the statements to the jury by the attorneys for the prosecution and for the defense are given almost in toto because these two statements seem to indicate the nature of the procedure to be followed. Indications at the time when the trial began were for a duration of from four to six weeks. It is proposed week by week to present the transcript of