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March 1972

A Swede Compares Swedish and American Medicine

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;95(3):199-200. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770080341001

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IN THIS day of self-analysis with critical comparisons of medical care in the United States with Sweden, the comments of Dr. Gunnar Biörck in the article "An Insider's View of Medicine in Sweden" which appeared in Modern Medicine (39:40-51, 1971) should be read by all Americans including physicians. Dr. Biörck, Director of Medicine in the Stockholm area, Professor of Medicine at the Karolinska Institute and First Physician to His Majesty King Adolf VI, is probably better qualified than any other Swedish physician to evaluate his country's medical care in contrast to that in the United States.

He begins by denying the statements that have been made by certain politicians that the Swedish system of medical care is superior to American medicine. He points out that the total population of Sweden is less than the New York metropolitan area, that this population is homogeneous in race, religion, and cultural values,

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