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The completion of the sixtieth year of Queen Victoria's reign will doubtless be marked by the usual anniversary creation of peers, baronets, knights, etc. At present it seems probable that, as usual, the British medical profession will compete with fertilizer and sausage manufacturers for baronetcies and knighthood but will not dare to rival the lordly distillers and brewers in the race for peerages. The British medical profession, during the present century, far from occupying a high social status, has always been viewed askance by the present Queen and her uncles. It disproved the foul calumny, unworthy even a village gossip, which the court clique launched against the Queen's unfortunate maid of honor, Lady Flora Hastings, whose sarcomatous uterus was proclaimed by highest authority evidence of unchastity. The bitterness with which most of the Wettins regard the medical profession was voiced by that master of billingsgate, the Duke of Cambridge, when
SOCIAL STATUS OF THE BRITISH MEDICAL PROFESSION. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(17):920. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430950042007
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