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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
KEISTER. BC. SOME THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN BY THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER. JAMA. 1894;XXII(4):120–121. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420830018001h
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