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February 24, 1917

The Young Doctor and Health Insurance

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(8):651-652. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270020315026

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To the Editor:  The Journal, January 27, under Current Comment, in discussing compulsory health insurance, you suggest that you would welcome "constructive discussion of health insurance." Having read Dr. Lambert's excellent paper in the same issue, I take the liberty of writing you to present a point of view which may be different from those taken by many men in the medical profession.As director for the Appointments Bureau of the Harvard Medical School, I am often called on to advise young men entering the practice of medicine and to aid them, as far as possible, in getting a start. What chance has the young graduate of a modern medical school and hospital, trained in our best knowledge of diagnosis and treatment, to practice in a way satisfactory to himself and to the community? The medical school has turned out an alert, resourceful, intelligent, trained physician. His ideals are

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