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November 2, 1964

Moonlighting: Wax Without the Wane

JAMA. 1964;190(5):474. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070180072022

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To the Editor:—  Thank goodness we have residents ambitious enough to provide an equitable life for themselves and their families by seeking and finding outside employment while pursuing a postgraduate career. Ambition is not a fault, and the resident's desire to raise his standard of living while in training is motivated largely by ridiculously low salaries and his acknowledgement of responsibility to family as well as to patients.I admire today's resident who in his spare time prefers to provide for his family rather than to play cards, shoot pool, or watch television in the intern-resident quarters. If, as one of Dr. Trimble's quotations says, he (the resident) made $25,000 a year and weren't satisfied, and if he cared to work harder or longer to earn $25,010 a year, then again I stand in greater admiration of his tremendous enthusiasm, as apparently money is not his only motivation.

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