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July 2, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(1):8-11. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690010008003

I speak today from the point of view of a medical man engaged in active practice in one of the great urban centers. I shall consider particularly those various points on which the medical practitioner in these centers is likely to be, or may be, out of complete sympathy with the activities of lay organizations that have largely interested themselves in questions pertaining to public health matters.

At the outset I wish to state that I, and I believe all my fellow practitioners, honor, respect and crave the assistance of every lay person and organization that is devoted to altruistic service to the public, to the alleviation of suffering, and to the betterment of mankind. Whatever I may say in the way of criticism is meant to be in the nature of a constructive one. Our purpose is, and should be, identical. As to the methods by which this may