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September 26, 1896

Professional Complaints.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(13):717. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430910047008

In a timely article of the Medical and Surgical Reporter, with the above caption, the writer touches upon many points which might be amplified almost into treatises.1 The inspiration of the editorial is a symposium by six teachers in a contemporary popular magazine regarding the hardships of their position in life, the emphasis being upon the monotony of their vocation, inadequate pay and the influence of politics. Of the first of these complaints, we are called upon to say but little inasmuch as a grievance it is common to every pursuit; of the second, the complaint of our own profession, is entitled to more consideration, while the third seems never destined to be divorced from the growing paternalism of all institutions.

Our writer says very truly: "We believe there can be no dispute that the professional class is too large. Our own profession numbers at least twice so many

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