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March 3, 1951


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1014 St. Paul Street, Baltimore.

JAMA. 1951;145(9):665. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920270059022

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To the Editor:—  The following is a letter which I wrote to the Atlantic in reply to Dr. James Howard Means' article in the November issue of that magazine entitled "The Doctors' Lobby":When Dr. James Howard Means, in his article entitled "The Doctors' Lobby," which appeared in your October 1950 issue, states that he is "no socialist," one might remark "Well, then, doctor, you had better take down your sign." He is certainly following the party line when he says that the "majority cannot afford medical care under the prevailing feefor-service system, and in many places adequate personnel and facilities are not available." Certainly the figures do not bear out the statement that the "majority cannot afford medical care," and there are plenty of statistics available on this. (For example, only 60 per cent of New York's up-state families earn $3,200, or more, a year. Yet in one county,

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