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January 4, 1958


Author Affiliations

Florence, S. C.

JAMA. 1958;166(1):1-8. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990010003001

Fifty-six physicians responded to a request for opinions as to the factors which have brought about the greatest changes in medicine and in the nation's health in the past 30 years, as to the greatest strengths and weaknesses of medicine and national health at this time, and as to the changes, for better or worse, to be expected in medicine in the next 30 years. Many favorable and unfavorable aspects of our present position were listed. The nation is strong, restless, and growing. The future is uncertain, but the promise for achievement in the medical sciences is excellent. There will also be great changes in medical care, and they will strongly influence other phases of our nation's life. The medical profession is confronted with great opportunities and grave responsibilities in meeting the changes to come.