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January 27, 1894

SOME THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN BY THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER.

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SOUTH BOSTON, VA.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(4):120-121. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420830018001h

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First, he should recognize his duty to himself, and second, his relation to other physicians. I believe it was the late Dr. Flint who made the remark that "every physician who is true to himself should be a thorough gentleman, a thorough business man and a thorough physician."

First of all, he should be in sympathy with the Christian religion; even if he is not a member of any special branch of the orthodox church, he should certainly not be a skeptic or an infidel. It would be exceedingly difficult for a skeptical physician to hold the confidence of one of his church-going patients through any serious illness, to say nothing of the many other disadvantages, under which he would have to labor. I may be pardoned for saying that we have in our ranks, men who are not only skeptical on religion but peculiarly so on the science of

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