This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE DOCTOR'S DUTY TO THE STATE. The doctor's highest duty is to be honest and to fight for honesty in his profession and in the state. He should abhor cowardice in others, as in himself, for cowardice is the parent of dishonesty. The professional coward and the commercial coward have aided efficiently, if perchance unwittingly, the present degradation of the body politic and the body medical. Moral cowardice is a characteristic of both corporations and individuals in this twentieth century, and is the result of the worship of the "Almighty Dollar," which has usurped the place of "Self-Respect" in men's minds. The sociologic character of the work of this Academy and its educational requirement for fellowship authorize the introduction here of topics of an economic, or politico-social, nature. No excuse need therefore be made for my choice of subject. To those who may object to the criticisms of my profession, my city or my state, I reply that I know of no better way to remedy evils than to recognize their existence. An honest and just investigation of suspected corruption and an honest and brave avowal of discovered wrong are the first steps toward amelioration of evil. He, who is afraid to see, and dare not mention, the misdoings of himself and his colleagues, is his profession's worst son. He, who cries out for concealment under the plea of loyalty, is no better than the scheming political leader, whose cowardice and insincerity call forth the reprobation of upright citizens. It needs no argument to prove that cowardice begets lying and that a liar is essentially a coward. Eeformation comes from honest introspection, which begets respect and honor from the outside world. David's description of a citizen of Zion is "he that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteo...
|Book:||Doctor's Duty to the State; Essays on the Public Relations of Physicians|
|Author:||John Bingham Roberts|
|Number of Pages:||00030|
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