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October 22, 1932


Author Affiliations

Julius Rosenwald Fund, Chicago

JAMA. 1932;99(17):1446. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740690056028

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To the Editor:  —I am in entire sympathy with your attack on commercial corporations that enter the field of medical practice for private profit and without respect for medical traditions and standards. Some such organizations exist in a few states and, although fortunately small at present, illustrate how the entrance of a commercial middleman into the business of providing medical service pinches the doctor on the one side and milks the patient on the other. I have been continously opposed to the entrance into medical service of organizations formed for private profit, and, having acted for two years as chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Public Health Institute of Chicago, I might add that one of the reasons Dr. Berkowitz' connection with that organization was severed was his insistent desire that it be transformed into a corporation for profit instead of remaining as it is, a nonprofit institution,