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October 27, 1917

THE MORAL OBLIGATION OF THE INTERN TO THE HOSPITAL

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(17):1462-1463. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590440072025

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —I have read with much interest the letter of Dr. Lockwood in regard to the demoralization of hospital interns (The Journal, Oct. 13, 1917, p. 1290). If conditions in his own city are as deplorable as they seem from the perusal of his letter, I believe that much can be accomplished toward improving this regrettable state of affairs by a study of conditions elsewhere. It is usually impracticable in a large city to require those taking an examination for positions of hospital interns to sign a pledge stating that they will take no other hospital internships, if successful in the hospital that requires the pledge. From long experience on examining boards of several hospitals, I have formed the opinion that we must look on the problem from the point of view of the applicant as well as that of the examiner. It has been our custom at

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