January 14, 1911

The Medical Profession Must Change Its Tactics

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New York City.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(2):138. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560020054025

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To the Editor:  —He who is not a frequent visitor to radical clubs, does not come in contact with newspaper men, with "new thoughters," and does not read regularly the numerous naturopathic, health culture and physical culture journals, and other allegedly advanced publications, can have no idea how the medical profession is ridiculed, maligned, lied about, misrepresented and "knocked" on every possible occasion.Physicians are pictured as ignoramuses, grafters, butchers, anxious to operate whether there is a necessity or not, "drug dopers," etc. The medical profession is denounced as a trust and monopoly, and any attempt of physicians to organize or to pass laws protecting the public health is characterized as an attempt at class legislation, a desire for special privileges, inspired by our fear of the competition or by fear of the superior skill of their irregular rivals.And the average physician who has not given the matter any

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