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December 1963

The Recording Angel

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):983-985. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060195024

The doctor has always been a favorite Aunt Sally for the missiles of the robustious critics in the public shooting gallery of jest and earnest. By and large all the real, elemental jests against physicians are at least a thousand years old. Sad to relate, many have been pungent satire and unfavorable comment, and the changes have been rung on the same accusations from century to century. But on the balance criticism and praise seem pretty well to cancel out. And indeed in the long perspective of history such squibs are the small beer of the medical chronicles.

For those who are interested in such commentary I might suggest a little, long-neglected anthology for further reading. It bears the title, For and Against Doctors: An Anthology, and it was compiled by Sir Robert Hutchison and Dr. G. M. Wauchope, and published in 1935 by Edward Arnold Publishers, Ltd., London. The

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