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February 2, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(5):361-364. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970400033016

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DOCTORS IN GOVERNMENT  The following special report was released from the Washington Office of the American Medical Association and is reproduced in The Journal for the interest of those who usually do not see reports from the Washington Office. To quote in part from the Director's preface:"It is the story of the 359 physicians who, over the years, have helped to shape the destiny of the country as members of the U. S. House of Representatives and Senate."The story is interesting and in some ways revealing. For example, at least 13 also were state or territorial governors, and three states selected men from this group as their first governors. If the REPORT does nothing else it will document the point we have been making for years: There is nothing new, unusual or improper in doctors taking an active part in the national government; they have been doing so

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