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December 4, 1937

Russian Medicine

JAMA. 1937;109(23):1932. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780490070032

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This little volume is another of the handbooks of medical history published under the general title of Clio Medica. The author has published many of the chapters as individual essays in the British Medical Journal. He emphasizes in the preface his friendship with John Dos Passos, which inclines the informed reader very early to the expectancy of finding an approval in this book of socialized medicine. That expectancy is confirmed in the final chapter of this history, which is entitled "Soviet Medicine." In this chapter the author indicates, however, that the social insurance scheme has not been wholly of benefit. Thus he says "In thus replacing the private by a governmental doctor and providing free treatment for the employees, the state, in spite of remarkable progress, has attempted a larger task than it has been able at present to solve adequately. Doctors and medical personnel are tired, overworked and often

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