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August 21, 1948

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JAMA. 1948;137(17):1537. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890510037012

A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF GROUP MEDICAL PRACTICE  The Bureau of Medical Economic Research has recently made available a 41 page annotated bibliography of group medical practice covering 234 items published during the period 1927 to 1947. Each reference is summarized in a few sentences. The 234 items include 127 in medical society journals, 10 in hospital association journals, 2 in publications of governmental agencies and 95 in other publications, mostly in the medical field. The director of the Bureau, Frank G. Dickinson, Ph.D., notes in the preface that most of the references abstracted favor group practice. He writes: "Upon reflection the reader will realize that this would be the inevitable result of our attempts to scan all the literature, as the advocates of change are always more prolific in their writings. The distribution (of the 'pro's' and 'con's') is and must be sharply out of line with the current position of