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July 1950

Compulsory Medical Care and the Welfare State.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;86(1):165-166. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230130187019

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In this thought-provoking analysis of the experience of the countries with compulsory medical care, the author supplies opponents of the system with plenty of ammunition. In this regard it supplies a real need, for documented evidence of this type has not been readily available to the general public, including the physicians.

In his preface the author claims for himself an objective, scientific approach, with the charge to the reader to draw his own conclusions. While there is no reason to question the reliability of the impressive bulk of data cited, persons "on the fence" in their convictions about socialized medicine might be tempted to reject the evidence because of the obvious bias of the author. The title of the work, "Compulsory Medical Care and the Welfare State," has a note of belligerence which may interfere with its acceptance by open-minded readers. This is unfortunate, for the book deserves wide distribution.

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