Medicine: A.M.A. v. Arnold

Last fall Assistant Attorney General Thurman Arnold accused the American Medical Association of being a trust. Said he, the A. M. A. had "restrained trade" by closing the doors of Washington hospitals to doctors employed by Group Health Association, Inc., a voluntary health-insurance club of Government employes. In December a special Grand Jury indicted the A. M. A. for violating the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. The A. M. A.'s demurrer claimed that the practice of medicine is a profession, not a trade, and hence is not subject to the Sherman Act.

Last week Federal District Judge James McPherson Proctor upheld the A. M....

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