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Published by THE GAZETTE PUBLISHING CO., NEW YORK, January 1910
THE LESSENED ALLEGIANCE TO THE PHYSICIAN.
FROM various sources, in and out of the nt criticism which may respect actual atprofession, comes the complaint or com- tainments but which will feel no awe bement that the old-fashioned loyalty to the cause of the possession of special knowlphysician is a thing of the past. Like every edge and skill by another, and which will other lapse from the standards of the "good readily detect any false assumption of old times" we believe that there is a ten- power. In several of our cities niore than dency to be too pessimistic both in the ten per cent. of the rising generation has sense that loyalty to the physician is by no a full high school education and nearly two means entirely lacking, and in the sense per cent. of all men in the country are colthat a less fixed allegiance is not without lege graduates. The medical profession, its benefits.
while obviously better educated than the First of all, it should be recognized that average of the population, is not on a parthe physician is not the only professional ticularly high level in this respect, as comman that has come down from his pedestal. pared with the class of the community with Mere increase of density of population has which it is naturally associated. The avso changed conditions that only a few small erage layman considers--and probably corcummunities can continue to speak of the rectly—that, allowing for differences in doctor, the squire, the minister, the teach- personal adaptation to a particular career, er, etc.
Even such communities are now he could have become an average physician within easy reach of larger ones and it if he had taken the prescribed course of requires no argument to explain the fact study. Hence, the natural tendency is to that with a dozen, a hundred or even, in the employ a physician precisely as one emlarge cities, several thousand professional ploys a lawyer, plumber, painter, carpenter, men of a kind, no individual or group can etc., just so long as it is convenient to give be regarded with the awe which a single work to a particular individual, with due available possessor of a certain kind of regard to satisfactory performances, reaslearning could command.
onable rates, and personal liking. It also detracts from the dignity of any The very progress made by medical sciprofession that the supply is far away be- ence is also responsible for the lack of yond any possible demand, even with no sentiment toward the doctor. So long as direct allusion to the fact that keen compe- medicine was an inexact, somewhat mystetition often leads to undignified seeking for
rious art, in which personal knack was employment.
supposed to play an important part and in The general diffusion of education at which no one exceeded except by indefipresent renders the doctor, the minister, the nite superiority of intellect or accidental lawyer, the political leader, the scientific acquisition of experience, the very intangiman of any profession liable to an intelli- bility of the power possessed by the pro