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June 12, 1943


Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn.

Windham, Conn.

JAMA. 1943;122(7):462. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840240052023

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To the Editor:—  Is the health of the people the concern of the people? The answer to this question is a challenge to the American medical profession. The war is accelerating the trend toward greater and more comprehensive social planning by governments throughout the world, and in every instance special consideration is being given to problems of national health. Our own government has stated clearly that the health of the people is the concern of the government. The Beveridge plan in England, the social security laws in New Zealand, the proposed Australian plans and the social security legislation already submitted to the Congress may be prophetic evidence that a program of planned health in our own country is ultimately inevitable. The medical profession, therefore, may soon be faced with a crisis in its affairs.In general our profession has always regarded the health of the people as its own concern,

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