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June 11, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(24):2038-2039. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730500004002

A good doctor thinks primarily of his patient, and with this the patient is enthusiastically in accord. This traditional attitude of the practicing physician has made the doctor an intense individualist. It has made the doctor the partisan champion of the welfare of his patient against all opposing interests. It has inspired the confidence, affection and admiration of patients for their doctor. I trust no one would change the substance of this relation between doctor and patient. It is important to note that this feeling is entirely personal, and many patients who are devoted to their own doctors may often be quite cold to the medical profession, to organized medicine and to abstract mass medical procedures which we usually call public health measures. Likewise, many doctors are to a considerable extent cold to any procedure that modifies in any way this personal relation between them and their patients. Hence it

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