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August 1959

The Doctor Business.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(2):343-344. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270080169030

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We all have watched the floods of anger and annoyance raising the water in the great reservoir of ill will against physicians, against "organized medicine," and against the American Medical Association. The dams of restraint have burst, and this book has come flooding out full of passion and outrage. Though the author is no beatnik throwing in the towel of life, he has carried his privilege of weeping at the wailing wall beyond the call of duty. He floats off in an ocean of tears, as Alice in Wonderland did, beset by hordes of imaginary rodents. Most of the criticisms about the medical profession are true in the case of some doctors. The good physician deplores this as bitterly as Carter does. But medicine has no monopoly on evil. In spite of what one would judge from Carter's book, physicians are much oftener than not compassionate and hard working and

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