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August 17, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(7):603-604. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530070073008

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The public holds the medical profession responsible for any abuses which occur in connection with medical institutions and in medical affairs. This is as it should be, since medical men alone are in position to recognize such abuses and to suggest the steps necessary for their correction. If the facts about any worthy reform are plainly stated and it is made clear that the reform asked for is for the benefit of the public and not merely for the selfish interests of the medical profession, the public, through the public press, can usually be counted on for strong support and it will join the profession in demanding that reform. That this is true the medical profession has been slow to recognize.

The above statements are well supported in the extensive publicity given by the press to a statement issued by the Council on Medical Education some weeks ago regarding medical

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