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May 5, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(1):68-73. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010070020

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SOME MEANINGS OF MEDICAL AND PUBLIC OPINION ABOUT THE A. M.  A.The American Medical Association, as most doctors know, has at times been the object of strong criticism and even attack by individuals and groups. Because opposition to the A. M. A. has sometimes been loud indeed, some people—including some doctors—tend to feel that disapproval is more or less general and that a defensive attitude or major changes in activity are necessary.The findings of the opinion poll do not bear this out. Three facts are particularly striking. First, doctors themselves have a generally high opinion of the Association, and even those who have criticisms do not necessarily want to dissociate themselves from organized medicine; second, important segments of the population, those who might influence opinion, have far more favorable impressions than the public as a whole. The third fact is the refutation of some frequent complaints: that the

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