When medicine was superimposed on the employment relation in industry, it became a target for condemnation among the organized medical profession. Our medical societies took the stand that industrial medicine was contract or corporate medicine, and any physician or surgeon who became so engaged in this field suffered a stigma that was unjustifiable.
It is true that, in the past, poorly trained men unable to compete in general practice sought and accepted jobs as company doctors to do first aid and traumatic surgery, with the purpose of developing a practice among the worker and his family. Abuses due to exploitation, combined with poor and unscientific curative medicine, were practiced. For that matter such practices were not unknown in competitive medicine. All we have to do is to look back four decades in the practice of medicine and compare our training in the medical schools, good or bad, our hospitals with
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