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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 5, 2001

WHAT DOES THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE OFFER AS A LIFE WORK?

JAMA. 2001;286(9):1015. doi:10.1001/jama.286.9.1015

Under the present status of medicine in this country, what has medicine to offer as a life work? To the student deficient in preliminary training, and who must, in consequence, enter the only schools which will receive him, namely a poor one, the outlook is bad. Such a student begins the study of medicine with the idea of gaining a livelihood only. He has no conception of medicine as a science; no pleasure in the investigation of the many problems which confront the physician; only a half knowledge of the responsibilities of his calling; he can have no pleasure in scientific discussion and in fellowship with the best men of the profession; he will exist without social standing among the educated and cultured people of the community. He enters medicine to gain a livelihood, and he will find that his investment was a poor one.

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