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September 1, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;129(1):85-87. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860350087021

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Aug. 4, 1945.

The Socialist Government and the Medical Profession  It was pointed out previously (The Journal, Nov. 4, 1944, p. 651) that the proposed national health service, which has produced the greatest crisis ever faced by the medical profession, was only one of the manifestations of the socialistic trend of British politics. The profession has been so occupied with discussion of details that it does not seem to have given this consideration due weight. It has accepted socialistic legislation as inevitable, but its representatives in negotiation with the minister of health of the late government have endeavored to secure terms acceptable to the profession. That government was a coalition of all the political parties formed for the purpose of prosecuting the war. But in spite of a predominant conservative ingredient the coalition government agreed to schemes of socialistic legislation. The chief of these was

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