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April 2, 1949


JAMA. 1949;139(14):924. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900310028010

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For more than ten years the National Physicians' Committee has been a leader in the defense of the freedom of American medicine; its support has come largely from voluntary contributions of the medical profession and from many industries related to the provision of a high quality of medical service. Like every other person and agency that has become involved in what is essentially a political controversy, the National Physicians' Committee has been subjected to vilification and abuse, mostly by those who were offering to trade medical care for political prestige but, in some instances, also by those who should have been friends. Under the leadership, from the beginning, of Dr. Edward H. Cary of Dallas, Texas, the committee has mustered to the support of the medical profession great numbers of citizens who saw in governmental regimentation of medical care but the first step toward the destruction of the American democracy.

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