Medicine: Who's Planning What?

At Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria last week, 750 physicians, medical scientists, drugmakers and wholesale druggists attended what was called a National Conference on Planning for War and Postwar Medical Services. Apparent purposes of the meeting: 1) to oppose the trend toward state socialized medicine; 2) to forestall a postwar collapse of the drug market like that which followed World War I.

When Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the A.M.A. Journal, came out for the medical status quo, he was roundly applauded, even though socialized medicine should theoretically work to the advantage of medicine and the...

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