• The primary and absorbing interest of the physician is to give the best he has for the benefit of the sick person. Nevertheless, he must also give thoughtful consideration to the changes in the social fabric and to the philosophy and economics of modern living. Organization is necessary, and the success of a democratic organization depends on a sense of responsibility in its members. They should be aware of the constructive work that is being done. No other group has demonstrated a greater devotion to human welfare or contributed more to science than the medical profession. Its humanitarian and scientific achievements constitute a wonderful heritage, and it is the individual physician's responsibility and duty to help preserve it.
Harkness GF. ORGANIZATION AND POSITION OF MEDICINE TODAY. JAMA. 1957;164(1):37–39. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980010039008
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