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In the eyes of the American people, the doctor occupies a position of unparalleled honor and respect. Not only does he represent relief from pain and illness, but, in the course of his duties, he frequently becomes a confessor, a comforter, a public conscience, and a hope for the future. In this respect, and in this respect alone, the medical profession remains unchanged today from the period when such doctors as William and Charles Mayo launched their careers of dedicated service to this country and its people.
Medicine traditionally has been a dynamic profession—one of continual progress. During our lifetime, the equipment and techniques of doctors have been ever improving. Doctors across the nation have seen the realm of the unknown and the "impossible" continually shrink under the weight of their enthusiastic determination. Feats which would have been termed "miracles" in the twilight years of the 19th century have become
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