March 12, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(11):879-880. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550370049005

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That physicians as a class neglect or evade the ordinary duties of citizenship, and do not measure up to their opportunities and obligations in the large questions of public welfare, is a statement that is often made. While we do not admit that this is true to any great extent, yet it cannot be denied that there are grounds for this impeachment. An editorial in the February number of the Southern Medical Journal on "The Physician as a Citizen" discusses this in an interesting way. It states that there is no sufficient reason why the physician should consider himself in a separate class from other men regarding the obligations of every-day life, but that this is a course which he has long pursued, and which is coming more and more to be criticized and condemned. In defense of this attitude, the Journal says that the word "duty" is as sacred

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