January 30, 1960


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Westport, Essex County N. Y.

JAMA. 1960;172(5):479. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020050071029

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To the Editor:—  In Life magazine, Nov. 2, 1959, page 95, in the article, "Why Medical Care Costs So Much," the following statement appears.Some administrators feel that the present long grind of medical education, especially the two to seven years a man spends as an interne and resident on coolie wages after medical school, actually encourages doctors to be cynical and mercenary. One hospital administrator said recently, "I have young doctors come into my office all the time who say, 'Well, I've worked my tail off here for four years for nothing—now I'm going out and get mine.' What we do is take an idealistic but inexperienced young person and in 10 years make him an experienced doctor but a bitter businessman." Even if the young physician entertains any notion about serving humanity and forgetting to send out hisbills, he is likely to run into strong opposition from his

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