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June 12, 1972

Physician and Nature

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Sherman Oaks, Calif

JAMA. 1972;220(11):1499. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200110077028

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To the Editor.—  In answer to Dr. Heineman's statement (218:1829, 1971) that "either we assume that God does not want Nature tampered with, in which case we leave it alone, or we ignore God and use our own judgement," Dr. Fred Rosner (219: 1633, 1972) quotes from the Talmud (Tractate Kiddushin 82a), "The best of physicians is worthy of hell." This refers only to those physicians who call themselves the "best," who attribute the patient's cure to their skill only, denying God's involvement, thus they are heretics and will end up in hell.Another interpretation which Dr. Rosner did not mention is that these best of physicians consider themselves the great authorities, and will not call a consultant, even in the most difficult cases. This does not apply to the average doctor who believes in God's help, and is glad to call a consultant when necessary.The Talmud has a