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August 11, 1900

Plea for a Simpler Life, and Fads of an Old Physician

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By George S. Keith, M.D, LL.D., F. R. C. P. E. Price, $1.25. London: Adam and Charles Black. 1900.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(6):371. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460320041031

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Good, wholesome criticism is always a benefit to the one criticised, if the criticism is made and accepted in the right spirit. This remark applies to a profession as well as to an individual. The "Plea for a Simpler Life, and Fads of an Old Physician"—two books in one—is more than a criticism, it is an indictment of the medical profession by one who was once a member of it. And we must confess that some of the items in the "bill of particulars" are founded on good grounds, and therefore, the plea of "guilty" must be admitted. The author, a brother of the well-known surgeon, the late Thomas Keith, of Edinburgh, was associated with Sir James Y. Simpson, and at one time was proud to be a member of the medical profession. But now he neither proclaims the honor, nor acknowledges the pride. In spite of the fact that

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