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January 11, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(2):128. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530280044011

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Why is it that the public is willing to entrust the making, interpretation and enforcement of laws entirely to the legal profession, yet is unwilling to entrust any authority for the regulation of public health to the medical profession? This question is an easy one to propound but a difficult one to answer. That this is actually the attitude of the public there can be but little doubt. It can not be due to any essential difference in the personnel of the two professions, since the recruits for each come from practically the same social, financial and intellectual class. It can not be due to difference in training, since the average medical course is far more exacting and protracted than the average course of instruction in law. It can not be attributed to greater confidence in the lawyer as an individual than in the physician, since the individual citizen will

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