Of the three learned professions, medicine, law and theology, medicine is pre-eminently the one which requires the most careful preparation for practice, because the physician the moment he enters on his lifework has to deal with human life, the most sacred thing on earth. The shortcomings and mistakes of the inexperienced lawyer and preacher do not weigh as heavily in the balance of human woes as the errors of judgment of the young practitioner who enters his profession without adequate, thorough, careful preparation. The former can very often be rectified by subsequent efforts in the right direction, the latter are only too often beyond the reach of human aid.
In law and theology a profound book knowledge goes far in preparing the way to successful practice; the physician must not only be in possession of this, but he must be taught how to apply his knowledge under the most varying
SENN N. THE SCIENTIFIC AND PRACTICAL VALUE OF HOSPITAL INTERNESHIP. JAMA. 1908;L(18):1394–1396. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310440004002
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