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December 12, 1896

" God and the Doctor we Alike Adore."

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(24):1256. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431020038015

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Philadelphia, Dec. 2, 1896.

To the Editor:  —In the Journal of November 28, a correspondent who signs himself R. M. W., inquires as to the authorship of the following lines:" God and the doctor we alike adore, But only when in trouble, not before. The trouble o'er, both are alike requited; God is forgotten, and the doctor slighted."I have been familiar with a similar stanza for several years and am inclined to think that the lines are incorrectly quoted by R. M. W.In a "Code of Medical Ethics" by Jukes de Styrap, M. K. Q. C. P., etc., London, 1886, he will find the following:" God and the doctor we alike adore When on the brink of danger not before; The danger past, both are alike requited; God is forgotten and the doctor slighted!"This does not answer your correspondent's question but it may perhaps give him a

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