Such a book, "written from the viewpoint of the private practitioner of medicine," fills a real need. It is based on the application of the principles of medical ethics to present economic conditions and surveys the economic side of medical education, private practice, the hospital, medical organization and the community. There are chapters on workmen's compensation, health insurance, industrial medicine, medical society experiments, and a final chapter discussing the "Essential Elements in a Comprehensive Plan for Medical Care." It assumes that "if the physician is to fulfil his whole duty to his community he must maintain a position of leadership in everything that pertains to the people's health."
The chapter on "The Physician and the Medical Organization" summarizes the great contribution made to society and to the profession by the American Medical Association and constituent societies. County medical societies are constantly assuming more effective and extensive leadership in all matters