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June 7, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(23):2557-2560. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820230001001

Probably few presidents of the American Medical Association have been or will be inducted into the office in more uncertain or more urgent times. It is important, therefore, to inquire as to whether or not the American Medical Association has been fulfilling its obligations in these times. As I observe its activities, and the results of these activities, it seems to me beyond any question that this query can be answered in the affirmative. At the very outset of these turbulent times the American Medical Association offered its services to the national government in the way of ascertaining the availability of doctors for service, and this offer was promptly accepted by the government. Facilities were promptly set up at the headquarters in Chicago to send out the necessary questionnaires; the necessary financial means, the office help and the mechanical facilities to handle the details of the questionnaires were provided, and

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