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For and Against Doctors: An Anthology

JAMA. 1936;106(22):1944. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770220080032.
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Since the earliest times, writers have not hesitated to express their personal opinions of the medical profession. In these writings, doctors have been pitilessly abused and extravagantly praised. The British authors have apparently collected from many sources proverbs and writings about doctors, and they are here offered in a handsome little book nicely printed for those who wish to have easily available these classical quotations. It is not of course strange to observe that the same ideas have been reported from century to century in different words. For example: "A physician who professes to cure for nothing is often worth nothing," "The most tragic thing in the world is a sick doctor," and "Doctors, when the cause of a disease is discovered, think that the cure is discovered." The last quotation is from Cicero around 60 B. C. and is just as true now as it was then.

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