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September 12, 1908

PHYSICIANS AND MEDICINE AND MEDICAL TEACHING.

JAMA. 1908;LI(11):923-924. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540110045006

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Abstract

The comic papers delight in making the medical profession and medicine the butt of ridicule. For legitimate criticism and the humor that is inevitable in all things human, there can be no resentment. Many of the expressions used with regard to the profession, in the light of what it has accomplished for public health and modern philanthropy, are so ungenerous, however, as to be rather painful reading. The writers of no nation have been more free with the pen in this matter than have the French, and though Gallic humor and French wit assume the license to play around everything in life, no matter how serious, with a bitingness unexampled elsewhere, it is evident that the aspersions on the medical profession have not been without resentment, even in France. In the Revue des Deux Mondes (June 1) Professor Charles Richet has an article on La Médecine, les Médecins et les

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