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May 18, 1901

THE FINANCIAL RELATIONS OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION TO THE PEOPLE AND PUBLIC.

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PANA, ILL.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(20):1384-1386. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470200024001f
Abstract

Medical men show more financial failures, when judged from a commercial point of view, than any other class, but this is not because the members of the medical profession are incompetent men, or do not earn a living, but because they have inherited a faulty system of doing business. Years ago, when the good old family doctor was in vogue, of which Ian Maclaren's "Willum M'Clure" is the type, the physician did not expect to lay up a store for his old age or the comfort of his family, but when his life's work was done, to be laid to rest by his neighbors. The time has come for a radical change in our methods. In the days before the rapid shifting of the population the shiftless methods of our fathers may have worked well enough, but now, when such frequent changes are taking place in the abode of our

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