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June 1, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(5):562. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980050052015

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Elsewhere in this issue of The Journal (page 566 is a report on some aspects of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance disability program. The American Medical Association has opposed consistently amendments to the Social Security Act leading to such a program. Physicians throughout the country have been warned of the problems that inevitably will arise because of this program. However, in spite of these and other warnings, the program is now covered by law, and many physicians and many patients will increasingly be made aware of it as medical reports are prepared for the Bureau of Old-Age and Survivors Insurance.

The report appearing elsewhere in The Journal is intended to supply physicians with information on what the program entails. It was prepared under the direction of a special committee of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, the Committee on Medical Rating of Physical Impairment. One aspect of

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