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November 1967

Excerpts From "Pediatrics: An Image for the Future"

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;86(5):480-481. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760050482003

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With the permission of the author, A. Ashley Weech, MD, Chief Editor of the American Journal of Diseases of Children, and fifth recipient of the Abraham Jacobi Award on the section of Pediatrics of the American Medical Association, excerpts from his address follow. These are applicable and of interest to all physicians of whatever specialty.

"Much has been written and more has been said within recent years about the shrinking image of the doctor in the public eye.... I shall bring you a creed of faith, a doctrine based on a deep conviction that in the hearts of humans, at least of most humans, there resides an element of compassion. It is an emotion that has often been stifled. It has had to fight with greed and lust. It has swayed from its course under pressure from a mercenary mob. But, my theis today holds that it can be fanned

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