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June 30, 1906

The Country Doctor.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(26):2010. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510530030013

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Gum Spring, Va., June 16, 1906.

To the Editor:  —I am very glad to note in The Journal, June 2, 1906, page 1711, Dr. M. W. Pearson's reply to Dr. John C. Wilson on "The Country Doctor." I am confident that Dr. Wilson's article is calculated to do great mischief, for it may be the means of stimulating other young and over-confident practitioners to undertake operations which they are incapable of performing except in a third-rate or fourth-rate manner, thus not only jeopardizing human lives without warrant, but bringing scientific surgery into disrepute with the non-discriminating public. I am myself a country practitioner, and I know whereof I write.In my judgment, the country doctor (or any other general practitioner), who does major surgery, except in the most extreme emergencies, deserves to have his license to practice revoked.To me it seems the baldest nonsense to talk of the country

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