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June 1957

Careers in Medicine: Some Inquiry into "Why We Study Medicine" and "Why We Specialize"

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(6):847-858. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260060005001

Types of Doctors  The medical profession, in respect of the spirit in which they pursue their occupation, may be divided into four classes, corresponding to four classes of clerical teachers: 1st, Those who have been put into the profession, or chosen it at random, because they must be doing something— loungers who feel their business a toil and a constraint, who at best only desire to escape disgrace and make a living—correlative to the gentlemen in orders, and the drudging curates—a very unprofitable race when gentleman, a very unhappy and mischievous one when otherwise. 2nd, Those who pursue their trade eagerly and diligently for money or advancement—correspondent to the preferment hunters of the Church, and the popular preachers and Tartuffes of all denominations, who will generally be respectable or otherwise, as their rank or connections give them more or less of character to lose. 3rd, The votaries of science, to

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