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January 24, 1966

Dial-The-Computer Program A Preliminary Analysis

JAMA. 1966;195(4):322. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100040128045

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To the Editor:—  In Los Angeles, when you are about to jump off the roof of a tall building, you can first get on the dial-a-psychiatrist line, provided there is a telephone extension on the roof, and ask, "What do I do next?"In Bloomington we have also Dial-a-Home, Dial-a-Movie, Dial-a-Prayer, Dial-a-Stock, Dial-a-Unity Blessing, and Dial-a-Unity Thought, the last two being separate units. How much simpler it would be to have a single Dial-the-Computer service which handled all problems! We also have a Dial-a-Saint number which is the same as the Dial-a-Movie number. This is confusing, making me fearful of the result, not of getting a wrong number, but of getting a right one. A computer should be able to take care of these problems.Please do not think this a jest. In 15 cities of the United States the Dial-a-Dietitian program is in full swing (J Amer Diet Assoc

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