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January 23, 1904

DOES IT PAY TO BE A DOCTOR?

JAMA. 1904;XLII(4):247-248. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490490037005

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Abstract

From the heart of one who loves his fellow-men comes the latest tribute to the life of the real physician. Calm and dispassionate, but with a keen appreciation of the noblest ideals which we ourselves are so fond of holding up, Arthur Goodrich, in Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly for February, discusses: "Does It Pay to be a Doctor?" It will please every physician—even those for whom a veiled shaft is drawn—for it is so sensible. The following is worth quoting:

The renowned physician started to study his profession late in life. He worked to make himself most helpful in his private practice, then to hospital patients, and finally as a professor to the young men who were beginning the long, uphill journey he had made. He has worked as nearly all of the so-called "big men" have worked, with philanthropic intent. He has an income of, perhaps, $60,000. The second

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