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August 21, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(8):535-539. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680080001001

If we are to get any critical conception of what should be the aim in the ten to thirteen years of high school, college and professional school preparation of students, we must first get a clear idea of the major requirements in the subsequent careers of these students. I believe that in this particular the teachers in undergraduate colleges have a somewhat hazy appreciation.

What are the characteristics and capabilities demanded of the practitioner of medicine and dentistry? There are many, but from them stand out a few that are paramount.

SOME REQUISITES FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE  First of all is intellectual honesty. The practitioner must be scholastically and professionally honest with himself and with his clientele. He not only must know well what he knows, but he must be cognizant of what he does not know. He must appreciate clearly and acknowledge his own limitations of knowledge and skill, in

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