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November 14, 1896

Lay Distrust of the Medical Profession.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(20):1069-1070. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430980041008

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New York, Oct. 29, 1896.

To the Editor:  —Kindly allow me to make a few comments upon extracts from the editorials in the Journal for Oct. 24, 1896."The lay world, as regards both private individuals and governments is so indifferent to or suspicious of us that while endowments, scholarships, etc., running into the millions exist for the encouragement of the study of languages, astronomy, theology, etc., yet medical education and medical students are left solely to self-interest, with almost no endowment to help what is the first necessity of human life—health and the eradication of disease."It is not difficult to make an analysis of the situation and to arrive at a pretty clear logical deduction in explanation for this attitude of the lay world. The trouble lies within our own circle and may be divided into two chief factors.Factor 1. Physicians guard the truth and the right

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