The state of mind of most physicians today is one of profound disquiet. This grows out of the threat we feel each day to our profession. Almost daily there are new infringements on the way we practice – intrusions by government and other third parties. Almost daily there are attacks on our methods of practice, on our methods of payment, even on our motives and our life styles. All too often these attacks are not given fair tests for accuracy and truth. And always there hangs over us the looming specter of a massive government program – undefined at the moment and doubly disconcerting because of this uncertainty.
AACU Founding President Charles A. Hoffman, MD, in his inaugural address as President of the American Medical Association, June 21, 1972, San Francisco, Calif.
(House of Delegates Proceedings, Annual Convention, Volume 1972, Issue 000, Pub. Date 1972, pp. 23-28)