ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGOBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6986.1041 (Published 22 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1041
ALTRUISM IN MEDICINE.
We have it on high authority that medicine is the most altruistic of professions. It is doubtful whether such a statement is nowadays correct. The struggle for existence yearly becomes more severe. The daily practitioner daily treads more closely upon the heels of the consultant, whose duties thus tend to become more and more circumscribed. The highest members of the profession are thus less and less able to help their younger brethren …
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