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April 1961

Socrates on the Health Service, Dialogues of Today from the Lancet Ltd

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(4):629-630. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620040155033

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Aristodemus: Do you think it proper, Socrates, that where the State has taken a strong stand in expressing its concern for the health of the people that the State's procedures and practices should be reviewed by the physicians themselves?

Socrates: Most certainly, Aristodemus, for wherever there is government there is the need for eternal vigilance, lest centralization and proliferation of power cause the very abuses which a program had been designed to correct.

Aristodemus: You think it right then, Socrates, that physicians should examine critically the administrative function of central government where the practice of medicine has been nationalized or socialized and administrative functions are largely in the hand of servants of the state who view medical problems from a layman's angle and who have had in their previous experience no precedent to guide them?

Socrates: Yes, Aristodemus, I do. But I would take it a step further and say

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