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September 7, 1940

PRESENT TRENDS OF SOCIALIZATION OF MEDICINE IN RELATION TO MATERNAL WELFARE: CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS

JAMA. 1940;115(10):819-822. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810360007002
Abstract

The complications of modern medical practice resulting from our economic upheavals demand immediate and momentous changes in our professional attitudes. We are confronted with new problems and new ideas which call for a complete change in our ideals. We are told that individualism in our field no longer has a place and that we must organize our forces and prepare for a new tempo in the distribution of medical care. Numerous plans have been drawn and at this particular moment are being tested for the solution of the perplexing health problems arising from the economic changes of the past two decades.

Our particular concern in these plans is maternal and child welfare, which is in dire need of improvement. We have been told time and again that the maternal risk in this country is too high and that better methods must be devised to correct it. Various surveys have shown

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