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February 1975

Academic Freedom and Governmental Support

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(2):351-352. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330020155023

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The increasing dependency of the medical profession on government for support of all its activities-health care, research, and education-has excited the already strident tension between government and medicine. The tension erupts primarily over the issue of increasing surveillance by government of what the profession does: how it provides care, what research is being done, and what is being taught in the schools and hospitals. That the profession needs the support of government is undeniable: the cost of health care is increasingly being borne by tax monies; medical research cannot proceed on private endowment and foundation support alone; and the education of physicians has become too expensive for either tuition or endowment funds to meet the cost. Given those facts, it is imperative that the profession deal with government. What government has asked for in return, beyond the provision of the care, the doing of the research, and the education of

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