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July 8, 1983

Physicians and Politics

Author Affiliations

American Board of Internal Medicine Williston Park, NY

JAMA. 1983;250(2):165. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340020017014

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To the Editor.—  I am writing in response to a recent BRIEF REPORT by Mark Jameson entitled "Physicians and American Political Leadership" (1983;249:929). The report points out that physician political leadership in this century is limited, but the author doesn't offer any opinion as to why. He hints that physicians of today are too busy and medicine is too complex.From my own experience, I can give several reasons for this lack of political leadership.

  1. The demands on a physician's time are great. They work in solo practice or in small groups and don't have the time that lawyers and other people have once they are successful in their primary endeavors. This situation may change in the future when there are more physicians who are less busy, like their lawyer counterparts.

  2. Regardless of the "malpractice problem" and, in fact, related to this same problem, the general public still