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November 18, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(12):1007-1008. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920120031013

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During 1950 members of the medical profession in the United States have taken an unprecedented interest in examining the status of the holders of public offices. This interest has been necessary because of the ambitions of some persons who would force socialistic ventures on the country to satisfy their personal greed. Obviously, physicians as citizens should examine carefully the qualifications of any aspirant to public office, regardless of the importance of the position. However, more recently, members of the medical profession have also had to cast their votes with thoughts turned more than ever toward what might happen to the health of the nation if the wrong persons were elected.

That physicians have taken seriously their responsibilities in this respect is by now evident to all who are familiar with the influence exerted by the profession in certain areas throughout the country during elections in 1950. One excellent example was

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