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May 5, 1945

American Medical Practice in the Perspectives of a Century

JAMA. 1945;128(1):61-62. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860180063030

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This is one of a series of monographs to be offered by the Committee on Medicine and the Changing Order of the New York Academy of Medicine. It contains much interesting information but at the same time offers statements which may be attacked vehemently by those who have been closer than the author to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness. While the book seems to be a plea for "socialized medicine," it actually makes no such plea directly.

Here is a strange comparison from the chapter on "The Expanding Horizons of Medicine":

A comparison of the records of 2 patients with heart disease, 1 admitted to the hospital about twenty-five years ago and another admitted to the same hospital in 1938, yields interesting results. The first patient was cared for by a visiting physician, an intern and one specialist, the pathologist, bacteriologist, and the completed record covered two and

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