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January 1972

American Medicine and the Public Interest

Arch Intern Med. 1972;129(1):140-142. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.00320010144022

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We are all aware that within the next few years national legislation will be enacted which will effect dramatic changes in the relationship of American medicine to the society in which it works. What was initiated by the Medicare Act of 1965 will now be extended, and as Congress begins to concern itself with the details of the educational process and the administration of specific areas of research the decisions regarding some form of national health insurance are but one part of the imminent nationalization of American medicine. The story of how we arrived at where we are-the history of the interplay between medicine and society—has been told many times before, very often with more hysteria than history. A new summary, however, has recently been published and this volume proves to be one of the most comprehensive and thoughtful presentations of its kind. Authored by Rosemary Stevens, PhD, it is

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