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March 19, 1960


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JAMA. 1960;172(12):1320-1321. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020120098024

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To the Editor:—  Who among us cannot recall with longing the idealisms of our student and intern days or taste with remorse the disillusionment of these ideals? Is not the most bitter disillusionment of all that of strife within our own profession? Physicians, being human, share with other people the frailties of sin and failure. They also share the common desire for acceptance, recognition, and praise. Similarly, they react to oppression, criticism, and threats to freedom with suspicion and hate. To whom can we turn for solace and support when we fail, if not to one another.The fundamental purpose of the physician has always been and shall ever be to heal the mind and body of his fellow man. It would seem incongruous that, with so powerful an adversary as death, we find energies to devote to petty bickering and puerile lust for political power. Expending energy jockeying for

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