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MEDICAL ECONOMIC REVIEWS AND ABSTRACTS

JAMA. 1950;142(17):1383-1385. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.72910350012023.
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Compulsory Medical Care and the Welfare State. By Melchior Palyi, National Institute of Professional Services, Chicago, 1950.

In a prefatory note, the author states his purpose: the study of nationalized medicine as an aspect of the Welfare State. As an internationally recognized educator and economist who lived in Europe for 40 years, Dr. Palyi — now an American citizen—is singularly fitted for his study. He has taught at leading German and American universities. He was both a student and assistant of Lujo Brentano and Max Weber, two leading social scientists of the Bismarck age. He served as chief economist to the Deutsch Bank in Berlin and as scientific advisor to the Reichsbank of Germany. Thus, he is particularly familiar with the Welfare State as developed in Germany. His firsthand knowledge makes his book a valuable contribution to the literature on this subject.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND  The idea of the Welfare State

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