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November 9, 1912


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Superintendent Peter Bent Brigham Hospital BOSTON

JAMA. 1912;LIX(19):1682-1685. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110096008

Whatever business a man takes up, the better informed he is in regard to it the better he ought to be prepared to accomplish that work in a satisfactory manner. When a man has spent eight years in acquiring a medical education, it seems at a casual glance like a waste of that education, to apply it solely to the business part of a hospital, and it is, if a medical man cannot be of more use to an institution as its superintendent than a layman can be. If a hospital does not afford an opportunity for applying his medical knowledge, then, to deal frankly with the case, that institution should not have a medical superintendent. There are many good uses for a medical education besides the direct treatment of patients.

Not long ago I was in conversationwith a medical superintendent of a large general hospital, and we were discussing

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