February 27, 1915

Cabot, Bernard Shaw, and the Medical Profession

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(9):762-763. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570350056027

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To the Editor:  —In the February number of McClure's Magazine, I am quoted in an article by R. H. Schauffler as backing Bernard Shaw's charges against the medical profession, except his attitude on animal experimentation. Shaw's attack is summarized in his own words, including the following sentence: "Most doctors have no honor and no conscience." Other sentences in Shaw's habitual exaggerative style follow, and my approval of them all is assumed. The facts of the matter are as follows:In the Survey, June 3, 1911, I wrote, at the request of that magazine, a review of Shaw's play entitled, "The Doctor's Dilemma," and said that as regards "Mr. Shaw's principal theses and in the main, I find myself heartily in agreement with him." I did not suppose that any one would take Shaw seriously enough as to suppose that a ridiculous calumny, such as the statement that "most doctors have

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