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May 22, 1897

"Medical Instruction of the Laity in the Lay Press."

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(21):999. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440210041015

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Milwaukee, Wis., May 17, 1897.

To the Editor:  —I was considerably interested in the letter of Dr. Shastid published upon the subject of medical education of the laity. It must be admitted that the Doctor's idea is very clever and ingenious, but altogether impracticable for the following very simple reasons:Doctors possess the same human nature as do other people, and it is altogether unreasonable to expect them to devote their time to writing articles unsigned and for no pay, Physicians, merely because they are more humanitarian than people of other professions, should not be asked to devote their time and talents for the medical education of the people without financial remuneration or fame. I might urge other objections to the Doctor's scheme, but the one mentioned is greatest, for it would be simply impossible to secure a good staff of writers who would write anonymously and for nothing.This

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