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June 17, 1968

Attributes of the Ideal Physician

JAMA. 1968;204(12):1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140250041010

Your President is humbly and deeply grateful for the privilege of exchanging thoughts with you these past 12 months through the PRESIDENT'S PAGE in The Journal. It has been an inspiring privilege to have personal contacts with thousands of you throughout the country.

I would like to outline briefly my concept of the typical or ideal physician in our great nation. I am the first to realize and admit that as an individual I certainly do not qualify as "ideal." However, I believe sincerely that the attributes of excellence of the typical American physician include the following:

... Personal integrity, preferably based on a religious faith, and a science patriotism that impels him to protect and to promote the ideals that made our country truly great throughout the decades.

... Respect and love for family ties, with time from his busy schedule as a doctor to enjoy and appreciate the privilege of