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August 1958


Author Affiliations

American Heart Association 44 E. 23d St., New York 10.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;96(2):220-221. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060060222012

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To the Editor:—Knowing that doctors, of all people, demand for themselves and champion for others the right of fair and equal opportunity and the privilege of individual enterprise, I am addressing myself to the members of my own profession in the hope that they will help us to maintain the Heart Association as a free American institution.

During the past ten years, spearheaded by the work of the Association, great progress has been made in prevention and treatment of rheumatic fever and in development of new techniques to correct congenital and rheumatic abnormalities of the heart. We are now beginning to glimpse where and how the answers to strokes, coronary disease, and hypertension may be found.

However, as the American Heart Association begins its second decade as a national voluntary health agency, we find its continued success being threatened by a movement that is serious in nature and wide

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