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Arnold Relman, Medicine's Longtime Conscience, Dies at 91

Robert Lowes/Bryan Marquard Medscape Medical News/Boston Globe
"Will medicine now become essentially a business, or will it remain a profession?" he asked in a 1991 lecture to the Massachusetts Medical Society later published in the NEJM. "We are not vendors, and we are not merely free economic agents in a free market." The cure he prescribed was a single-payer healthcare system in which physicians abstained from financial conflicts of interest.
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