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Invited Commentary
August 2014

Physicians and Politics

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital (retired), Boston, Massachusetts

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JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(8):1318-1319. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.509

In this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Bonica and colleagues1 provide for the first time, to our knowledge, a full description of the political campaign contributions of American physicians. Their rigorous analysis of campaign contributions for presidential and congressional elections over the past 2 decades shows how these contributions relate to the sex, specialty, income, and employment of each physician and how the political preferences of the profession have changed in recent years.