THE PROGRAMS of this and other medical and surgical societies are designed to present new ideas and methods of treatment of disease or to evaluate procedures which are in vogue. The numerous meetings of these societies are well attended and should be considered to be postgraduate courses. They are well worth while. On the whole, our programs should continue to be directed in the same general pattern. However, is this scientific program sufficient?
In the past few years physicians individually and collectively have been forced to justify their customs and practices to an ever-increasing degree before the attacks of bureaucrats, welfare groups, professional philanthropic groups, government agencies, organized trade associations, and the press, in spite of the magnificent advances made in the medical sciences and in the care of the sick. We have recently been forced to hire a group of public-relations experts to help us halt the precipitous trend