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April 10, 1915

Different Attitudes of the Medical and Legal Professions

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St. Louis.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(15):1265. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570410063037

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To the Editor:  —I enclose a letter written by a well-known theologian and author, Henry C. Vedder, of the Crozer Theological Seminary, Chester, Pa., and would call attention to a paragraph which is of pertinent concern to physicians:"I wonder why it is that men in the medical profession are so much more open to new ideas about social matters than men in the other professions. I have received a good many letters similar to yours from doctors, but never one from a lawyer. I have thought that perhaps the secret might be that lawyers are trained to have too great respect for precedent, and that this makes them conservative even when their temperament is radical; while the physician is trained according to the scientific method, and is taught to keep an open mind on all professional subjects, which inclines him to open-mindedness about everything else."Coming from such a

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