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" I want a professor," cries the patient, and the ordinary every-day doctor who has no title must obey and call in consultation " Herr Professor." Of course, the patient does not know how professors are created; he does not know that any half dozen "scrubs" can start a medical school and dub themselves professors; he can have no knowledge of medical politics as they really are and therefore he insists on having a professor.
To the patient a professor means one who by years of study and experience has made himself so proficient in his special line that his fellow practitioners have deemed him worthy of appointment as a teacher and adviser. True, often a man has served a long apprenticeship as instructor, assistant, demonstrator, adjunct professor, etc., before he attains to the title of professor; but, too often, it is the man with the most "pull" who "gets there," the
PROFESSORS.. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(25):1281-1282. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440510043009