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July 1963

Every Physician's Political What's What

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Neurology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Cincinnati General Hospital.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(1):9-20. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860010055004

We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics minds his own business. We say he has no business here at all.


In reviewing the literary accomplishments of some of my distinguished predecessors I find that presidential addresses before this association give a historical perspective of neurology. On occasion the confines of specialization have been departed. Then not only is the current state of affairs in neurology and other health fields scrutinized, but also social orientations, that bear so heavily on the ills of our clientele.

In this the third quarter of the twentieth century, the profession is being subjected to all sorts and conditions of pressure. I suppose that among these bombardments, stimulating or irritating, depending upon one's point of view, none engenders more heat than those defined as political. Politicians, ever given to regulating others, would have us conduct our affairs according to

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