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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 28, 2004

DOES IT PAY TO BE A DOCTOR?

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(4):502. doi:10.1001/jama.291.4.502

From the heart of one who loves his fellow-men comes the latest tribute to the life of the real physician. Calm and dispassionate, but with a keen appreciation of the noblest ideals which we ourselves are so fond of holding up, Arthur Goodrich, in Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly for February, discusses: "Does It Pay to be a Doctor?" It will please every physician—even those for whom a veiled shaft is drawn—for it is so sensible. The following is worth quoting:

The renowned physician started to study his profession late in life. He worked to make himself most helpful in his private practice, then to hospital patients, and finally as a professor to the young men who were beginning the long, uphill journey he had made. He has worked as nearly all of the so-called "big men" have worked, with philanthropic intent. He has an income of, perhaps, $60,000. The second man started work early; he has done a great deal of good, but his eye has been constantly reflecting the glitter of golden profit. He has an income of about $4,000.

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