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February 8, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(6):282-283. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430580034005

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The advocates of higher medicine have no more serious duty than to impress upon the members of the medical guild, especially upon the men of the future, the necessity for maintaining and asserting the dignity of their profession, the importance of its labors to the welfare of the body politic, as well as to the health and vigor of individual bodies physical, and the pecuniary value of its services to the State, compared with those rendered by divines, jurists, legislators and executive officials.

The eleemosynary relations, which practitioners ungrudgingly assume because of the dominant humanitarianism of their calling, have, in fact, operated to belittle their occupation. When the terrifying shadow of death has been dissipated, the skill of the doctor, who has caused the house of mourning to become one of rejoicing, is forgotten. Equivalent remuneration is seldom tendered, and if after long waiting a charge is presented it is

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