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RX: For the Young in Spirit

Charles D. Aring, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(2):176-179. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290140080018.
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THE BACKGROUND noises of today's world are imperative and threaten to bewilder young persons. That their elders are confused is not as important, except as they pass it on to young colleagues who may relinquish enthusiasm and direction. The prescription that I write is for our junior partners or those not so junior but young in spirit to, hopefully, reinforce ideals. Some factors of medical practice are disheartening at first glance though stimulating when got in perspective. I want to put before those inheriting the earth the proposition that firstrate performance can be acquired before they themselves become responsible for the sort of noises their world will make.

The Physician's Orientation  Wilfred Trotter 1 depicted the appropriate stance of the physician when he said, "He may be described, perhaps not too extravagantly, as living to some degree like a soldier in an unfriendly country, where his whole behavior must be


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