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August 13, 1938


JAMA. 1938;111(7):620. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790330040009

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Elsewhere in this issue (p. 623) appear editorials published in various newspapers relative to the pronunciamento of Thurman Arnold, who proposes to determine whether or not the American Medical Association is a monopoly. Seldom has an action taken by the Department of Justice aroused the public interest and attention developed by this action. In addition to the editorials which have appeared in the newspapers, practically every one of the columnists syndicated in newspapers throughout the country has had something to say on the subject.

Paul Mallon, widely circulated by King Features Syndicate, in his column News Behind the News, after describing the case and stating that if the American Medical Association is a monopoly so is the American Bar Association, says that this suit—would simply mean the Justice Department is misnamed and has become instead a prosecution department to enforce, not alone the law, but social and economic theories.

Mr. Mallon also indicated that application of this

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