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August 25, 1962

An Image of the Medical Profession

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3418 S. Beckley Ave., Dallas 24, Tex.

JAMA. 1962;181(8):733. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050340071022

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To the Editor:—  The image of the physician and of the medical profession in general is unfortunately being formed in the mind of the public through the public's contact with these personalities:

  1. Your receptionist who informs your patient that the doctor can see no one else today, that he always takes tomorrow off, that he is going to the lake cottage for the week-end, and that he can see the patient on Tuesday.

  2. The collection agency who threatens your patient with everything from a court trial to wage attachment so that they might collect their percentage.

  3. The clerk in the emergency room who tells the patient to have a seat until called and then calls him 4 hours later.

  4. The small-claims court judge who collects your accounts which were referred there without your knowledge.

  5. The "administrator" of a proprietary clinic or hospital who must have

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