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April 25, 1923.
Spanish Physician Pleads for German Confrères
Dr. Pulido Martín, on his return from a trip to central Europe, published a plea for aid to the German-speaking physicians, whose sorrows and sufferings touched him deeply. Dr. Pulido shows the difficulties of research work in Germany, where even the feeding of guinea-pigs exceeds the financial resources of scientific institutions. No physician in Berlin can afford to visit his patients in a carriage or automobile; even the most fortunate ride on street cars. Hard work yields barely enough to cover the most pressing needs. Medical students, in order to earn money for expenses, have turned to manual labor, and as they lack the proper training, the number of industrial accidents among these future physicians is enormous. Pulido mentions that even Professor Voelcker of Halle cannot get fuel to heat his home. Israel of Berlin, the kidney surgeon, though now 75
MADRID. JAMA. 1923;81(1):57. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650010061023