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May 27, 1905

ECONOMICS OF MEDICAL ORGANIZATION.

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PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(21):1660-1662. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500480008001a

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Abstract

The value of medical organization should be repeatedly emphasized, for it requires much repetition of its advantages to secure full co-operation. Medical men are prone to regard each other as rivals, not as colleagues, and this attitude must be abandoned before effective organization can be accomplished. A most harmful delusion is that best results follow independent or individual action; as a consequence of this, fluctuating personal views on medical treatment prevail, influencing the laity who, having apparently exhausted the resources of one man, reject him and select another. Each time a patient makes such a change, while being treated for some persistent disorder, less is expected, hope shrinks, and confidence dies, till at last the educated physician, equipped with knowledge and experience, is rejected and "mystery mongers" are consulted. These pretenders boast much and claim omniscience, and that most potent of remedies, suggestion, replaces skill and judgment. Again, many charlatans

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