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November 5, 1955


JAMA. 1955;159(10):1021. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960270041014

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Members of the medical profession have had compelling reasons in recent years to take special interest in their congressmen. At this time there appear to be few topics of more interest than the health of the population. This subject certainly has made taxes and defense, for example, items of conversation and congressional study of almost secondary political importance. In other words, health is news today, and it also is political fodder for any campaign.

Physicians throughout the nation from time to time should express themselves on matters that concern them and their patients. The physician always must keep in mind the best interests of his patient. As a practitioner he has a right also to demand things that best enable him to practice the type of medicine for which he has trained and devoted himself; and, as a citizen, he can and should demand what he thinks is best for

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