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Special Communication
December 28, 1964

"The Long-Range Alternative to Socialized Medicine Is Academic Medicine"

JAMA. 1964;190(13):1118-1119. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070260030008

The ancient oath of Hippocrates, an often claimed fundamental of the medical profession includes these words: "I will look upon him who taught me this art as my brother and I will teach his sons." The tenuous relationship between the claims of any group (political, religious, professional) and its real behavior, is appreciated. However, titles and oaths can, on occasion, be believed and there is a period in the career of each physician when he does believe and does aspire to these ancient traditions. The period may have been brief and buried deep in the last years of premedicine or the first one or two years of medical school. At a varying point in the sophomore, junior, or senior year, the fires cool and the realistic limitations of a physician's life become understood.

This does not mean that the practicing physician is without ideals or without a sense of devotion

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