The relationship of the doctor to the public health is of the most vital concern at the present time; vital to society because national vitality is conserved and increased by adequate medical care; vital to the doctor because his professional welfare, his economic position and his personal well-being depend largely on the nature of that relationship. No one here would deny that the rights of society come first, the whole being greater than any of its parts. Nevertheless, society, in its own interest, owes to the doctor the right to practice his profession in conditions which provide for the best treatment for his patients and a position of dignity and of decent living for himself. That the relationship of the doctor to society is not in a satisfactory position must be apparent to the most casual observer. In America there has been set up a Committee on the Costs of
BOUDREAU FG. RELATION OF PRIVATE MEDICAL PRACTICE TO PUBLIC HEALTH IN EUROPE. JAMA. 1932;99(9):720–726. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740610018006
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