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February 2, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(5):360. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970400032015

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If it is true, as Henry Adams said, that "practical politics consists of ignoring facts," then an unbelievable hoax has been perpetrated by the 359 physicians who have served in the U. S. Congress over the years. As a matter of fact, these doctors—with a background in scientific thought—have helped shape the destiny of our country precisely by legislating most often on a solid foundation of fact, rather than on a cloud of fancy.

The article in the Organization Section on page 361 of this issue of The Journal explodes the double myth that springs up from time to time in the medical profession: that all politicians are unsavory characters and that doctors should stay out of politics in the interest of themselves and organized medicine. The exact reverse is true. As public enlightenment extends this country's basic concept of representative government, more men of high caliber go to Congress—and

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