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September 23, 1950


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Putney, Vt.

JAMA. 1950;144(4):334. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920040048022

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To the Editor:—  The review of my recent book, "One Half the People: Doctors and the Crisis of World Health," as published in The Journal July 8, 1950, seems to me eminently just. I have no preference for or tolerance of alibis. This is no alibi. The stand taken by my book, written during 1947-1948 and published late in 1949, was tolerant of national health insurance, not, as I see it, socialized medicine, on the grounds as stated, and I believe rather objectively analyzed, that the latter seemed necessary as an issue in equalization of necessary medical services. I had made a careful study of pending federal legislation as of 1947-1948 and had carefully studied the hearings of the United States Senate and House subcommittees involved. My statements and reactions were based on these studies, not on specific measures and political strategies thereafter introduced and/or publicized. It was my feeling,

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