American medicine's golden age: what happened to it?

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Science  19 Mar 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4539, pp. 1474-1479
DOI: 10.1126/science.7038876


In the first half of the 20th century, American physicians enjoyed relative freedom from adverse comment in mass and highbrow media. In unexpected ways the physicians' high ideals and the campaigns against socialized medicine brought criticism not only of the priestly but also of the technical functions of the medical profession. In the late 1950's this led to a campaign to modify the elevated position of physicians in American society.

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