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It is a good principle in life, no doubt, for every one to be charitable in the judgment of others, and it is also commendable to look well to our own preparation and worthiness before we criticize or find fault with the work of others. But there is a kind of professional patriotism that prompts one to take pride in his calling, and a true humanitarianism that leads us to consider the rights and claims of our fellow beings to the best that can be given them. With this spirit, let us for a few moments consider the requirements that might reasonably be made of one who makes pretenses to the practice of surgery. We recognize that certain standards have to be reached by every one before a license to practice any branch of medicine can be obtained: a diploma from a recognized medical college, and a successful examination before
GUTHRIE GW. THE MAKING OF A SURGEON. JAMA. 1911;LVI(4):256–258. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560040024008
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