February 24, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(8):589. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510350039009

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It has long been regarded as a kind of unwritten law by physicians that they should take no part in politics. Perhaps, however, this is scarcely the correct way in which to describe the situation. Rather might it be said that physicians, as a body, have shown themselves apathetic in regard to politics, preferring to stand aloof from party strife and to look on the whole question as one in which they had slight concern.

This attitude of indifference has been rudely shaken of late years, and the fact is being borne in gradually on medical men that, in order to protect their own interests and the interests of the general public, they must abandon this lethargic position and act both aggressively and defensively. There are many reasons why the physician should not eschew politics; indeed, there are more reasons in favor of the physician playing his part in the

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