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September 14, 1946


Author Affiliations

General Medical Director, Standard Oil Company (New Jersey) New York

JAMA. 1946;132(2):55-58. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870370001001

Of late so much has been said of the doctor in the lay press, both here and abroad, that not only is the public confused in regard to existing medical problems but many doctors themselves are confused, as well as perturbed, both in regard to their personal professional well being and in regard to the actual future of medicine. Unfortunately the majority of investigators who have written on the subject of medicine for lay consumption are nonmedical in profession and as such are not capable of studying the problem from its fundamental basis, namely the caliber of medical care that is available. Underlying the present confusions is the fact of worldwide social and political change. It is inevitable in times like these that all human institutions should be called into question, and there is no denying that the status of the physician has been adversely affected and that the point