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August 24, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(17):1931-1932. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.62980170041012

Both of our professions are faced with tremendous problems and almost immeasurable duties and responsibilities from the great new scientific, economic, and social changes of our day. These great changes have created new tasks for us which exceed in magnitude all that we have thus far known. They present a tremendous challenge and grave responsibilities for us all. Communications have shrunk nations to neighborhoods. We live in a physically indivisible world. International affairs control our domestic planning more and more. The seemingly constant international crisis overhangs us all in everything we do. Such is the world in which we live. Such is the picture against which we must plan together to do those things we should do jointly.

It takes no great imagination to appreciate some of the fields of endeavor that challenge our joint initiative in this era of change. One has only to lift up his eyes and

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