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February 7, 1948

Doctor, Don't Let Me Die!

JAMA. 1948;136(6):431. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890230071035

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This book is a long pseudoautobiographic account of the life, loves, difficulties, despairs and successes of a general practitioner named Dr. Legion, from his early days at medical school to and through practice to a period of relative ease and success and allegedly, a clarity of vision for the needs of world social order. The book is essentially a plea for national socialization. As a champion of socialized medicine, Dr. Legion is rather inept, since he asserts that most doctors are demanding socialization because they are overworked, underpaid and live generally a hand to mouth existence. Dr. Sigerist provides an enthusiastic introduction.

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