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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 14, 2010

THE FUTURE OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION

JAMA. 2010;304(2):221. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.852

Dr. Victor C. Vaughan1 has made an interesting analysis of the present condition of the medical man in this country, in relation to society in general, to industry and to the other professions. He also ventures to make some prophecies regarding the trend of medical science and the place and office of the future practitioner. Dr. Vaughan shows what has been accomplished in this country for the elevation of the profession through an awakened professional conscience, a high code of ethics and harmonious organization. “This is a commercial age and this is preeminently a commercial country, and yet the medical profession is ridding itself of commercialism. It is demanding of those who desire to enter its ranks a higher degree of culture and intelligence than is demanded of any other profession in this country.” He sees the activity and usefulness of the physician rapidly expanding and becoming devoted more to the uplift of mankind than to financial gain. “The world has never been in greater need of the enlightened medical man than it is likely to be in the next generation, and the world will demand that he be worthy of the tasks that will fall on him. No other profession will be able to render greater service to mankind.”

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