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June 9, 1945

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JAMA. 1945;128(6):444. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860230048016

SENATOR WAGNER COMMENTS ON HIS BILL  Under Correspondence in this issue of The Journal appears a letter sent by Senator Robert F. Wagner of New York to the Editor of The Journal with the request that it be printed. In the letter Senator Wagner states unequivocally that he is opposed to state medicine or socialized medicine. He does not, however, state his definitions of state medicine and of socialized medicine. Regardless of these definitions, physicians will need to be convinced that a compulsory sickness insurance system centralized in Washington, with payments of all funds for medical and hospital care by a central agency, is neither state medicine nor socialized medicine.

IMMUNITY TO SHIGELLA PARADYSENTERIAE  The prophylactic immunization of man against bacillary dysentery has proved to be a difficult problem. At the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research 19 healthy volunteers were divided into three