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February 1970

Attributes of a Physician

Author Affiliations

Miami, Fla

From the Department of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine, and the Medical Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, Miami, Fla.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(2):356-358. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310020162026

I am privileged to speak with you about the attributes of a physician. A great many fine articles and excellent talks are available on this particular subject, and I suggest that you pursue the matter in more detail as time passes and experience grows. My remarks will be highly personal and are made as a physician, rather than as an executive officer of our school. Furthermore, my particular specialty is of no consequence in this presentation; I hope it applies to all physicians.

Perhaps a consideration of some of the responsibilities of a physician would logically expose the attributes necessary to meet these obligations. Let us then go directly to our responsibilities—and from now on they are yours as well as mine. Perhaps the subject can be approached by categories according to the "object" of these responsibilities.

Responsibility to the Patient  This area of commitment has the highest priority and

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