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February 7, 1966


JAMA. 1966;195(6):483. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100060123035

It is gratifying to be reminded by so famed a scientist as V Adm H. G. Rickover that ours is a truly liberal and humanistic profession. "Of all technologies," states Rickover1 in his Granada Lecture of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, "that of the physician has benefited man most and harmed him least. The stringent standards set by the profession and by society for the education and professional conduct of physicians account for this happy circumstance. Not only is no one permitted to practise who has not given proof of his competence, but physicians must also be broadly, liberally, humanistically educated men and women. This gives them perspective in evaluating their professional actions, an ability to see these actions against a humanistic background."

These remarks are the more significant in that they were not intended as tributes to the medical profession, but as ideals for engineers

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