November 2, 1964

Moonlighting: Wax Without the Wane-Reply

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Long Beach, Calif

JAMA. 1964;190(5):474. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070180072026

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To the Editor:—  The spate of letters was not unexpected, nor were the intense feeling and the vehemence. The response confirms our thoughts that the question of moonlighting is of widespread interest and that no topic of contemporary interest to physicians will generate more heat and internal combustion. One somewhat wistful letter from a hospital lay administrator, which in the face of the preponderant pro-moonlighting sentiment now seems like a voice in the wilderness, adds a philosophical note:"The noble and hallowed traditions of medicine for many centuries rested securely on ideals built up around the concepts of devotion to the patient and self-sacrifice. As long as it was evident that such ideals possessed the physician, he walked like a god among men, commanding respect and adoration from all. The advent of moonlighting will undoubtedly do much to divest the doctors of the priestly robes of selfsacrifice which we have

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