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March 17, 1945

EPOCHS IN MEDICINE: THE IMPROVEMENT OF MEDICAL SERVICE TO LABOR

JAMA. 1945;127(11):621-624. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860110001001
Abstract

In the years previous to our present world war most of us were none too clear as to the changes in social and economic thinking that were insidiously creeping upon us. The stupendous war effort after Pearl Harbor, about which most of our daily activities now revolve, has still further diverted attention from the social and economic trends, which have been accelerated by the dislocations and modifications in living incident to the war. Some of these trends if properly guided will lead to salutary results for the nation; others if relegated to the hands of the ignorant may destroy the fruits of decades of effort. The real significance of still others is not immediately apparent without the aid of some perspective.

We can, however, get some notion of what the future has in store by looking back at the epochs of history, economic, social and medical. There we find almost

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