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July 6, 1940

Current Comment

JAMA. 1940;115(1):48. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810270050014

A BUSINESSMAN'S APPEAL  In an address by Mr. J. Howard Pew, member of the Board of Trustees of Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, before the alumni dinner of that organization on June 6, he said in part: "I appeal to you men of the medical profession to come to the defense of our American system of free enterprise and equal opportunity, for the truth is that no economic planning authority could possibly have foreseen, planned, plotted and organized such an amazing spectacle of scientific, medical and industrial progress as the world has witnessed right here in America during this last century. No trust or combination, private or governmental, could have accomplished it. It could have been achieved only under conditions where there was wide-open opportunity for all the genius, inventive ability, organizing capacity and managerial skill of a great people." The Journal appreciates the compliment in this appeal. And we