JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
JOHN G. WILSON, M.D.
A country doctor ought to know what any trained physician ought to know. In order to make a success of his profession he must have a most thorough preliminary education, must avail himself of the advantages of his medical course to the utmost and be determined to improve himself at every opportunity.
His training when he enters on his life's work has simply laid open to his vision a glimpse of its possibilities. His future depends largely on his capacity for work. His savings for years must be reinvested in office equipment. He must embrace the opportunities freely given by the masters of the profession at their clinics to see their work and to learn to a certainty that their success has been by intense application for years along definite lines. Specialism is only a division of labor practiced by all people as they have advanced through the various stages of development.
THE COUNTRY DOCTOR.. JAMA. 2006;295(19):2308. doi:10.1001/jama.295.19.2308