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July 12, 1958

Magazine and Book Publication

JAMA. 1958;167(11):1390-1391. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990280076020

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One of the noblest passages in literature is the Hippocratic oath. And Americans can be thankful not only that almost all their doctors abide by these ancient precepts but also that they strive to keep up with the bewildering multiplicity of advances in modern medical science.

All of us laymen have known doctors personally, and all of us know that their jobs are as demanding as any in the world—combining hard work, long hours, professional knowledge, and an understanding of the personal quirks and peculiarities of their patients. Perhaps that is one reason we laymen are so interested in these devoted human beings, our doctors, and in their work. Another reason, of course, is that we are all interested in staying alive and in avoiding pain if possible.

Over the years, we at Reader's Digest—and, of course, the editors of other magazines—have found a particularly active response on the

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