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March 27, 1954


JAMA. 1954;154(13):1116. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940470068029

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To the Editor:—  After obtaining his medical degree in England, Dr. P., to escape socialized medicine, came to the United States where he worked in hospitals in order to secure training in a specialty. Meanwhile his wife worked as a laboratory technician in the offices of various physicians, thus having the opportunity to see first hand and from the inside what we may fairly consider the highest type of the practice of medicine. For more than a year, she was in the office of four physicians, each of whom is on the faculty of a medical school, two with professorial rank. Last summer Dr. and Mrs. P. visited for a few months with their families in England. A quotation from one of her letters is very revealing."I cannot tell you how disgusted we are with socialized medicine. It seems to me both patients and doctors are suffering. Doctors are

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