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November 20, 1943


JAMA. 1943;123(12):770-771. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840470036012

Elsewhere in this issue1 appear the principles to govern the evolution of medical practice adopted by the Representative Committee of the British Medical Association and by representatives of many official bodies in Great Britain. This group comprised representatives of general practice, consultant and specialistic practice, public health, rural practice, medical staffs of provincial nonteaching hospitals and others. Special emphasis should be placed on the principle that the health of the people depends primarily on the social and environmental conditions under which they work, and that improvement and extension of measures to satisfy these needs should precede or accompany any future organization of medical service. Also fundamental is the principle that the efficiency of any medical service depends primarily on medical and scientific knowledge, which, in turn, is based on medical education.

The British group establishes the principle that the function of the state should be to coordinate existing provisions,