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April 21, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(16):1260-1264. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920340038012

Although I am proud and happy to serve the medical profession and through the profession, I trust, the people of our times, I can never quite forget that I have been trained in another field. This is one of the times when I envy the members of the medical profession. It would be so heartwarming for me to pick up a newspaper or a release from Washington stating that there was an alarming shortage of economists and statisticians. On reflection, however, I would probably conclude that someone was either trying to discredit my profession for having fallen down on the job or to compliment it highly. Economists are not now under any pressure to increase their numbers. Nor are we confronted with claims comparable to those made by Mr. Oscar Ewing that he could, if he were given control of the medical profession via compulsory health insurance, reduce the annual