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January 30, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(5):315-316. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490500035009

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The Journal has always emphasized the importance and advisability of the physician exercising his duties as citizen, and has repeatedly called attention to the influence he can exert for good on the community and profession. It has somehow become almost traditional in our profession that active citizenship and the pursuit of scientific medicine are incompatible. The brilliant examples which show that eminence in medicine is not always inconsistent with the fulfillment of the highest duties of citizenship and with the most exalted functions in the state, have apparently been taken only as the exceptions that emphasize the rule. In an address in our last issue, Dr. C. A. L. Reed takes up this subject in his own forcible and convincing way. He shows that civic duties are not to be neglected, if the physician is to fully meet the demands made on him by the public which trusts in him

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