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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 12, 2010


JAMA. 2010;303(18):1870. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.377

Life has tests of all kinds, and no one can tell in what way one may be tried out next. A physician often finds himself in a position demanding great skill and resourcefulness in professional ability; and again, in other circumstances, it is not his knowledge and skill but his character that is put to the test, as, for instance, when he is superseded by another physician. Perhaps he has made a most thorough examination of the patient and study of the history, has decided on a diagnosis and has instituted treatment which is just beginning to have its effect. The obscure ailment of long standing is about to yield to the skilful treatment, when the patient, grown weary of the necessary delay, abandons his first attendant and consults another physician who thus happens to have the case in hand when the symptoms clear up, and the first physician receives no credit, but, on the contrary, blame.

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