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The committee of thirty-three physicians and seventeen representatives of allied professions and lay persons first convened on Feb. 25, 1943, and in a period of a little over three years has held one hundred and twenty-three meetings and has obtained information and opinion from a wide variety of authorities who "represented every shade of economic, social and political conviction that might have a bearing on medical care."
At the outset, the objectives were defined: "To be informed of the nature, quality and direction of the economic and social changes that are taking place now and that are clearly forecast for the immediate future; to define in particular how these changes are likely to affect medicine in its various aspects; to determine how the best elements in the science of medicine and in the services to the public may be preserved and embodied in whatever new social order may ultimately develop."
Medicine in the Changing Order.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1947;80(5):691–692. doi:10.1001/archinte.1947.00220170127010