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Jewish Congress Charges American Medical Association Organ with Bias; Files Complaint

Citing numerous situations-wanted advertisements published in the monthly Journal of the American Medical Association which list religious or racial specifications, the American Jewish Congress announced today that it had filed a complaint against the A.M.A. with the New York State Commission Against Discrimination. The complaint charged that such ads published by the A.M.A.’s official organ viclated the New York State law banning references to race, creed or color.

The complaint was signed by Rabbi Irving Miller, president of the Congress, and Will Maslow, general counsel of the organization. “We have filed this formal action against the A.M.A.,” said Rabbi Miller, “only after A.M.A. national officials insisted on continuing the publication of such ads. A number of doctors wrote to the Journal complaining that such ads, which shet racial and religious discrimination, ill become the pages of a magazine devoted to the medical interests of all Americans. The replies from the Journal’s editor, Dr. Austin Smith, declared that at the direction of the advertising committee at A.M.A. headquarters, the magazine would persist in its present policies.”