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July 10, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(2):86-88. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440280038005

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The question has been raised, is the profession of medicine of such a nature as to ennoble those who follow it? Would the man who comes under its influence be the same as if he had not had this experience? It is not easy to determine this matter for each individual case, but if we consider medical men in their relation to the members of other professions, and the duties and obligations society thrusts upon them, as compared with what it expects of other men, we will find that certain facts are patent to show that there is a different standard of morals for the medical profession. And this standard if followed must influence the medical man for good.

But more than this, the every-day life of a healer of the sick is of such a peculiar character that it can not but exert a power for good on those

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