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The Country Doctor.

M. W. Pearson
JAMA. 1906;XLVI(22):1711-1712. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510490057018.
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Ware, Mass., May 24, 1906.

To the Editor:  —In the article on "The Country Doctor," in The Journal, May 19, the author, Dr. John G. Wilson, in my opinion, has overshot the mark; while recognizing a vein of truth in what he says, I consider that some of his statements certainly need qualifying.The man does not live who has the time and the ability to do good work in surgery, bacteriology, chemical analysis and refraction and attend to a general practice of any size at the same time. The physician who is dependent on his practice for a living must first attend to that part of his work which brings in some adequate return for time spent, and this is more than can be said for most chemical and bacteriologic work as done by the general practitioner. The results of such work are as often negative as positive in


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