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September 13, 1941

Technology and Society: The Influence of Machines in the United States

JAMA. 1941;117(11):974. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820370070040

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Abstract

The machine age has been blamed for a great many of the troubles of modern society. In this volume the authors study the influence of the machines. One section is of particular interest to the medical profession, namely "Science in the Professions." The coming of the stethoscope, the electrocardiograph, the roentgen rays and innumerable other devices have greatly complicated medical service and proportionately increased medical costs. Another chapter in the book is called "A Case Study of the Doctor and the Hospital." It appears clear that the authors have been almost wholly dependent on the literature prepared by those who have been advocating a trend toward socialized medicine. Their references include little or nothing from the opposite point of view. Far too many of the volumes in the field of history and sociology now being offered to the American people are prepared by fellows working in the universities who apparently

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