Dr. A. M. Phillips, president of the Medical Association of Georgia, delivered before the annual session of that association an address1 of importance to every member of the medical profession. Dr. Phillips urged each member of the profession to take inventory of his rights, which in recent years have often been in need of defense, and of his responsibilities to himself, to his patients, to his profession, and to society. He warns that this is an urgent matter. The threatened breakdown, in some areas, of the sympathetic relationship between patient and physician, the insidious encroachment of government in the field of medicine, and the crisis in international affairs demand immediate and serious attention.
The physician's primary obligation, Dr. Phillips points out, is to his patients. To them, time, patience, and undivided attention must be given ungrudgingly—time to explore the diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities thoroughly, patience to explain the general
THE PHYSICIAN'S RESPONSIBILITY. JAMA. 1952;148(6):471. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930060053016