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December 7, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(14):1831. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980320061013

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No one truly meets all of his responsibilities by contributing a certain amount of money to a campaign fund. This is especially true for physicians. There are certain medical public relations "jobs," and they can be pleasant, which the physician must do for himself. One of these is constructive participation in community health activities.

People are concerned about their health, and physicians have helped make them that way. The fruit of that effort shows itself in the various medical welfare organizations which have been and are being founded. The ground has been prepared, the seed has been planted, and the profession must not now neglect the harvest. These many community health projects and medical welfare organizations in our midst, without proper supervision, can bring serious criticism—not always on the health project or welfare organization but on the medical profession which has let them go unguided.

Seldom is it that these

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