Attacking the present system of medical care as outworn, inefficient, and ineffective, the Harvard debating team yesterday opposed Dartmouth's debaters in a match held at the WNAC studios in Boston. The subject of the debate was, "Resolved: that the several states should pass legislation for the socialization of medicine."
Speakers for the Cambridge team were Harold W. Danser '37 and James J. Fuld '37. Dartmouth was represented by Walter M. Greenspon and Alfred W. Bedingfield. Charles B. Feibleman, secretary of the Debating Council, was chairman of the debate.
Pointing out that "63 per cent of the population receives no medical care," and that "the great middle class is not getting adequate medical attention," the Crimson speakers showed how the present system was unnecessarily expensive and at the same time did not provide equal distribution of the great burden laid on doctors. They pointed out that a "doctor is supposed to be a public servant without hope of reward." Showing that socialized medicine was no new idea and had been adopted in 36 foreign countries, the Crimson team ended with a rebuttal by Danser.
The men from Hanover, showing that the present system was not by any means perfect, but had no inherent defects, maintained that it could be remedied by a thorough public health program of education and legislation, which would not destroy the personal and adventurous element in the medical profession that had brought it to its present high standing.
Following out the policy of presenting accurate material for the public to think about, there was no decision.