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January 7, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(1):53-65. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800010055017


A PREPOSTEROUS INDICTMENT  [St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat, Dec. 21, 1938]The indictment by a federal grand jury at Washington of the American Medical Association, three local medical societies and twenty-one individual physicians indicates the lengths to which Assistant Attorney General Thurman Arnold is prepared to go in waging war on what he chooses to term monopolies. As a matter of course, when Congress years ago passed the antitrust laws it never dreamed that they would or could be applied to such conditions as Mr. Arnold is now attacking. Indeed, there is no reasonable basis either in the spirit or the letter of these laws for such official procedure by the Federal Government. Mr. Arnold is simply making his own laws and by means of criminal indictments on charges that in no proper sense can be regarded as criminal is endeavoring to force organizations which