The doctor has long been considered an individualist; in some quarters he is still so regarded. This should be accepted as a compliment as far as the diagnosis, treatment and confidential relationships of private practice are concerned. The physician's absorption in and devotion to the development of the ever widening field of medicine, his concentrated interest in the solution of the problems presented by individual patients, his sense of personal responsibility in the welfare of each patient quite naturally tended to the growth of habits of mind and thought that characterized him as an individualist. Such a mental attitude has been and still is necessary in the practice of curative medicine, constituting an essential attribute in its successful application. The result of the application of a constantly growing medical knowledge has become as apparent to the patient as to the community, of which he is but a part. With this
ABELL I. THE AIMS OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AS THEY RELATE TO THE PUBLIC: PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS. JAMA. 1938;110(25):2041–2044. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790250001001
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