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April 13, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(15):1275. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520410051007

The failure on the part of the medical profession to take due thought of the practical and material side of its work has often been noted. A Canadian writer1 recently made the statement, based on the experience of a medical friend, that through indifference and want of cooperation many physicians in the larger cities are living "very near the edge of want and ordinary comfort." That this is relatively true in the United States will be doubted by no one who is well acquainted with the personnel of the profession in the large centers of population, and apparently the same conditions obtain among our northern neighbors. The conclusion follows that we are negligent in our duty to our families, not only so far as present necessities are concerned, but also for the future. This is all the more apparent when we consider the universal tendency toward organization and the

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