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April 14, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(15):1193-1197. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.92690420002009

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[Note.  —During the latter weeks and, indeed, days of his life, Dr. Francis W. Peabody set down on paper in a letter to a friend his conception of the relationship and responsibilities of the Medical Chief to his Clinic. Though he felt that it was not entirely complete in certain details, he finished the first draft and wrote the last sentence the day before his death. The letter has been read by many of Dr. Peabody's friends, who have been deeply affected by his broad and clear vision of this complex problem and have been profoundly impressed by his beautiful exposition of what must be called the "soul" of the clinic. His friends feel that the letter is too valuable to remain as a private possession and should be made available to the medical profession. The document is being published, therefore, as it was written, a letter to an intimate

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