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May 23, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(21):747-748. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410730027006

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It is in the best sense commendable for every physician to join some church of his choice, and by example and act, do all he can to build up the higher life of the community, and also encourage its ethical culture and growth. When the physician becomes a church partisan, and ardent defender and propagator of certain creeds or doctrines, he must to some degree lay aside his scientific training and reputation. When, on the other hand, the physician ignores all church influences, and assumes skepticism and doubt, sneering at all church efforts, and teachings of the Bible, he very clearly exhibits his narrow judgment and scientific incompetency.

The physician should never forget that he should be a student of all science, in the broadest meaning of that term. In that position he must accept the general facts and principles of theology, as clearly settled as any other knowledge

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