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Medicine as a Career
At a recent meeting of the Budapest Postgraduate Association, Dr. Emile Grosz, professor of ophthalmology and president of the International Association for the Eradication of Trachoma, gave an address on medicine as a career. He said that Billroth, in a letter to a friend, whose son intended to become a physician, wrote that he should remember "that the bed of the physician is not one of rose leaves. Competition is growing and the start is difficult. The founding of a family is ever more difficult, and the pleasures of family life are very often disturbed by the practice of medicine. The pleasure of a physician is little, the gratefulness of patients rare, and more rare is the material compensation, but all these should not deter from becoming a physician one who feels the destiny in himself." Billroth added that the feeling of doing one's duties and
BUDAPEST. JAMA. 1932;99(1):52. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740530054024