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Article
June 16, 1956

THE PRICE OF MEDICAL FREEDOM

JAMA. 1956;161(7):629. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970070061017
Abstract

With the medical profession in many lands practicing under governmental control, it behooves us to inquire into the causes of dissatisfaction of the nonmedical public with the present state of medical care and to convince that public not only that it is receiving better medical care than it ever received before but also that the quality of this care will deteriorate under any system of state medicine. One of the underlying dissatisfactions that exists in spite of spectacular advances in medical knowledge and skill centers around the lack of personal attention given by the modern physician as compared to that given by the old family doctor. Although this is regrettable, it is to a certain extent inevitable. A similar contrast may be seen in the virtual disappearance of the corner grocer, who knew all his customers by their first names and gave an occasional lollipop to a child, and the

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