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To the Editor:—
It is stimulating to read the proposal of E. G. Dimond (194:1220, 1965) for a lifelong program of medical education. Continuing education and supervision of his practice by the academy may provide tranquillity and contentment. But what does Dimond suggest as an alternative to the major stumbling block of socialized medicine, ie, the loss of individual economic freedom, a loss deeply rooted in all the existing systems of state medicine? Does he offer any practical way to prevent this loss or suggestions which would serve as the way out from it? I have the lingering suspicion that the academy would be substituted as the paymaster for the government. Reality, further, dictates that there is the even greater probability that the government would eventually be the paymaster since federal educational grants are now available in increasing volume.Will the public be better served by the centralized control
Palmer E. The Open Medical School. JAMA. 1966;195(12):1073. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100120141053
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