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September 29, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(13):828-829. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460390044004

In the process of evolution of the medical college and hospital, lay influences have become gradually more and more dominant, sometimes to the advantage of the institutions in question, but more often to their detriment. The belief is entirely too common that physicians are poor business men and inefficient executives and administrators; but such an opinion must be based on misconception, as it will not be contended that physicians are, in general, lacking in judgment and powers of reasoning, although it must be admitted that they are too often indifferent to their own material welfare, and if they do not collect their accounts with the same promptitude and success as merchants and lawyers, for instance, it is partly because they do not look on the practice of medicine as a business in the accepted sense of that term. While, then, strictly speaking, the medical man may not be able to

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