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June 6, 1896

What the Good Book Says about Doctors.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(23):1137. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430750039008

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San Diego, Cal., May 26, 1896.

To the Editor:  —In these days of Christian science, substitution(?), faith healing, proprietary medicines, et id genus omne, it is refreshing to recall the language of our ancient friend Ecclesiasticus, quoted verbatim from the 38th chapter of his sensible treatise. (I know not why it was relegated to the apocrypha.) Hear him.

  1. Honor a physician with the honor due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him; for the Lord hath created him.

  2. For of the Most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honor of the King.

  3. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration.

  4. The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth: and he that is wise will not abhor them.

  5. Was not the water made sweet with wood that the virtue thereof might

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