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December 8, 1945

WHAT IS ADEQUATE MEDICAL CARE?PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS

JAMA. 1945;129(15):989-991. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860490001001
Abstract

Somewhat over ten years ago, in 1933, Lewis Webster Jones, now president of Bennington College, and I, with the help of Barbara Jones, made an attempt to define adequate medical care in the United States for the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care. This was a pioneering effort. It was done because it seemed to us that a beginning had to be made, and it was our pious hope that from this feeble attempt might come improved and more helpful studies on adequate medical care. To our disappointment, our work has mostly accumulated dust on bookshelves.

However, there have been many clarion shouts that medical care in the United States is inadequate, here, there and elsewhere, in this disease or that condition, but as far as I know no one has attempted to redefine adequate medical care or has suggested another yardstick to measure medical care. To be sure,

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