Medicine: A Bargaining Position

The slogan on the American Medical Association's blown-up posters of Fildes' famed doctor-and-child painting, spotted around the lobby of Detroit's Gotham Hotel last week, read: "Keep Politics Out of This Picture." But politics was in the picture and all over the place, and doctors were playing it. The Negro doctors who crowded the hotel were delegates to the annual convention of their own National Medical Association; the A.M.A. "observers" and their displays were there to persuade the N.M.A. to hitch itself as a tail to the A.M.A. kite. They failed to tie the knot.

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