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December 15, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(16):1491. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970330063023

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To the Editor:—  The issues of The Journal for Sept. 15 and 22, 1956 (pages 231, and 426, respectively), contain a two-part article on social security written by two physicians. The subject of social security is, indeed, pertinent to all physicians in America today. This is so because of a train of events that has led to a situation where we physicians are now the only group of workers in the United States not covered by this program. When one considers the number of physicians compared to the total population, we form a small fraction, and a searching reappraisal of our position might be in order. In making such a reappraisal, some considerations to bear in mind before arriving at a conclusion are as follows: There is no move afoot in either major political party to abolish the social security system; both parties have outlined plans to broaden and strengthen

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