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December 14, 1935

The Patient's Dilemma: A Public Trial of the Medical Profession

JAMA. 1935;105(24):2012. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760500064034

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Abstract

The medical author of this book apparently graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, thirtyseven years ago. He is now exposing the hideous truth about the commercial side of the practice of medicine. When he gets all through with his exposure he has done nothing but expose his own ignorance of the situation. Perhaps a better recognition of the true state of affairs would have kept him from such an out-and-out exhibition of bad taste, exaggeration and malice as is represented by this volume.

At the time of this writing the book has already been before the public for some months and it apparently has fallen with a dull and unexciting thud. Apparently the author intended to rouse public wrath and to shake public confidence in the medical profession but has served only to reveal the great confidence that actually exists and the inability of scandal mongers

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