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January 1963

The Doctors' Dilemmas

Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(1):122-123. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620250126021

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In a self-conscious world that is full of troubles it is not surprising that doctors are beginning to take long and critical looks at themselves and at their fellow doctors. Some develop ideas which will be helpful in guiding the profession of medicine along the rugged paths to the place where criticism cannot have so justifiably easy a target as it has today. Although Dr. Lasagna's book has a certain cohesive approach, it deals with such diverse aspects of the physician's varying roles and functions in society that it is impossible to give a synoptical view of it. The contents range widely over such unhappy topics as medical quacks and crackpots; superstition and ignorance; great-white-father figureheads in medicine; professional laymen and their sometimes disproportionate influence in governmental affairs relating to medicine; various aspects of religion and medical practice; medical education, both undergraduate and postgraduate, with a plea for improving the

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