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September 9, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(11):849-851. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740360029010

Few would deny Emerson's pronouncement that "The first wealth is health." So essential to human happiness and prosperity is health and the normal functioning of the senses that it may be doubted whether any other profession carries so sacred a responsibility as that of the physician.

In no walk of life is the combination of high intelligence with thorough training so necessary as in the practice of medicine. A man with either mediocre intelligence or inadequate training is likely to commit fatal errors of judgment or execution, and, even though poor standards are excused in other occupations, they should be rigidly excluded as regards those whose duty it is to protect or restore the health of the body or its members.

The physician is interested in medical standards from two points of view: for the protection of the public and for the protection of the physician himself.

The physician is

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