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September 7, 1957

WORLD MEDICINE COMES OF AGEFEARLESS CONCERN FOR PATIENT IS HIGH POINT OF HARMONY IN VOICES OF 700,000 DOCTORS

JAMA. 1957;165(1):49-52. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980190009012

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Abstract

Cuban police seize physicians as hostages. A "flu" epidemic finds the Philippine Medical Association in desperate need of drugs. Maltese doctors are threatened when they resist a move to limit patients' free choice of physician....

These recent crises carry a direct threat to the general public, not to the medical profession alone. Ten years ago, doctors of each nation usually had to slug out such problems themselves. More likely than not, there was no place outside their borders to turn for help—no voice to bespeak their troubles or to forewarn their colleagues in other lands. Massive danger to health and medical practice was only part of the handicap to physicians and their patients 10 years ago. Doctors needed to know what scientific developments in Berne, Switzerland, could benefit clinical knowledge in Kansas City, or what new medical education precept discussed in Vienna might raise the proficiency level of an intern

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