[Read before the American Academy of Medicine at its annual meeting October 9, 1883.]
In this paper the assumption is made from the start that medicine has an equal claim with theology and law, to be classed among the learned professions. That this assumption may note be deemed presumption on the part of a physician, let us hear the testimony of others. In the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal of the present year (pp. 108-590) there is a report of the annual banquet of the Massachusetts Medical Society. On that occasion B. A. Gould, PH.D., Gött., Director of the Astronomical Observatory of the Argentine Republic, is reported to have said:
“The medical was the first of the learned professions. If there was but one learned profession it would not be that of theology, for our consciences lead us to adore and reverence; nor could it be the law; but it
MCINTIRE C. IS IT FAIR? A STUDY OF THE COMPARATIVE POLITICAL POSITION OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION IN THE UNITED STATES. JAMA. 1883;I(16):479–482. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390160015001b
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