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The Physician and the Quality of Life

George L. Spaeth, MD
JAMA. 1974;229(8):1046. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230460014011.
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To the Editor.—  There is one sentence that appears to need challenging in Dimond's otherwise excellent article (228:1117, 1974). He states, "Whether he seeks the task or not, the physician will, in these next 30 years, be forced into a larger role of science and moral counselor to society." Present events seem to contradict this statement, for there is distressingly little evidence that physicians, as a group, are indeed concerning themselves with the fundamental moral and scientific problems that face society. And, on the other hand, there is increasing evidence that other segments of our population, most specifically the legislators, have become justifiably tired of trying to involve physicians in a constructive way, and are increasingly ignoring and even purposely bypassing the physician's point of view. It is not these other segments that are primarily responsible for such action, but rather the persisting resistance of physicians to meet the challenges

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