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January 9, 1943

The Problem of Cooperative Medicine

JAMA. 1943;121(2):160. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840020068030

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Abstract

This work, which is "sponsored by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics" and "published with the assistance of the Edward A. Filene Good Will Fund, Inc," is made up largely of quotations from the carefully selected speakers of the National Health Conference, radio speeches and hostile critics of organized medicine on the one side, to which are contrasted quotations from articles and addresses of physicians who oppose the position of the first list of speakers. This is the old method of setting up straw men in which the verdict is decided in advance. It is admitted that "the concept of cooperative medicine has not become crystallized as yet and, therefore, causes confusion in the terminology now applied." The "well defined principles" of cooperation are stated, but there is no attempt to show that these principles are offered in the so-called cooperative health associations described. The opponents of cooperative medicine

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