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June 30, 1945

Science Today and Tomorrow

JAMA. 1945;128(9):696. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860260070043

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Abstract

Mr. Waldemar Kaempffert has collected here the essays which he has contributed at various times to various publications. Of special interest to physicians in this volume is a chapter called "Sick Medicine Needs a Doctor." It is replete with the misrepresentations which are expected when Mr. Kaempffert writes about medicine, of which he knows little and concerning which he seems unwilling to learn more. He charges, for instance, that physicians must practice by the fiat of their national organization. Actually the national organization adopts principles of ethics which members follow because they believe in them. For one who presumes to be educated in the scientific method Mr. Kaempffert writes with innumerable and extraordinary prejudices. Indeed, his choice of words is designed particularly to create prejudice. Mr. Kaempffert does not believe that doctors charge according to the patient's ability to pay. He thinks they charge all the traffic will bear. He

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