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March 6, 1967

Social Engineering

Author Affiliations

Elgin, Ill

JAMA. 1967;199(10):768. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120100130044

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To the Editor:—  I hope the recent editorial headed "Preventi-Thought" (199:38, 1967) is the start of an intense campaign in the same vein to aid in reducing the activities of the so-called paramedical group, and to separate what is factual from the fantasies of the inexperienced in the care of the disabilities for which a course of medical studies is the only adequate preparation. My dues will be sent in soon for the 45th year, and I feel that I have always been able to measure value received for the membership, but the divide-andconquer group needs to have its responsibilities pointed out rather than to select its own goals. So many are inclined not only to outline what to do until the doctor gets there, but also to tell him what to do after he arrives. The moaning about the passing of the oldtime family doctor has already begun, but