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February 8, 1902

POLITICAL INFLUENCE OF PHYSICIANS.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(6):404. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480060042010
Abstract

A newspaper editorially remarks that "those who have the making and executing of the laws, whether they be called politicians or statesmen, are prone, as a rule, to underestimate the value of the good opinion and the influence of physicians."1 It is refreshing to see such a truth announced from such a quarter; the newspapers themselves have not, as a rule, sufficiently appreciated the possible influence of the medical profession. The paper goes on to say that the physician comes in closer touch with the people than the representative of any other profession, and that the "doctors could insure the success of any candidate for any elective office in the state if only any considerable percentage of them would undertake it. . . . A candidate for a state office could very well afford to say that in anything like a close contest, if he had all the physicians with him, he

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