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May 1, 1943


JAMA. 1943;122(1):25-26. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840180027008

Program committees are arbitrary people, and I find myself put down for a topic I am not equipped to discuss. Please remember, while I tell you what I can, that the choice both of topic and of speaker was not mine. For many years I have stood on the side lines of medicine and public health, first as a university officer at Columbia; then in '17-'19 in our War Department, where I saw much of General Gorgas and the doctors he gathered round him, from Popsy Welch down; then for two years with the Red Cross, where I had the privilege of seeing something of its great work in Europe in '20 and '21. And then I was for nineteen years an executive of the Carnegie Corporation. In medicine and public health we were quite content to play second fiddle to the Rockefeller Foundation, but we did some things of

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