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December 4, 1937


JAMA. 1937;109(23):1911. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780490049016

In a book entitled "Socialized Medicine in the Soviet Union," just published by Henry E. Sigerist,1 William H. Welch professor of the history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, he makes the following statement:

Nobody can deny that Soviet medicine, in the short period of twenty years and under most trying circumstances, has stood the test and has created powerful measures for the protection of the people's health It has demonstrated that socialism works in the medical field too, and that it works well, even now, in the early beginnings of the socialist state. It is a system that is full of promise for the future—for a very near future.

In his preface Dr. Sigerist points out that he has spent two summers in Russia and that he has had the aid of leading authorities in the development of his information. He states that he has not wasted time