October 1977

Practice vs Academia

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Lexington, Ky

Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(10):1484. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630220108026

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To the Editor.—  Relative to the editorial, "Kick Academicians Out of Specialty Journals?," which appeared in the April Archives (137:433-434, 1977), if Dr John J. Fisher, of Jacksonville, Fla, has been quoted and interpreted correctly in context, it is an example of the casual arrogance that is found too frequently in medicine. What these divisive comments say (be they between specialists and practitioners vs academicians, rural vs urban physicians, practitioners and academicians vs physician administrators and governmental agents) is, "You really don't understand my problems and my capability because of your own inferior (or unnecessary or unneeded) activities, which are on the periphery of medicine. My activities are central."If anyone works hard at serving in his or her chosen capacity or assigned field of medicine, is he or she not contributing to each one of us and to the whole? Why should we stop talking to and writing for

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