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Ferment in Medicine: A Study of the Essence of Medical Practice and Its New Dilemmas.

William H. Wehrmacher, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(6):617-618. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290180093026.
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In Morte D'Arthur, Sir Bedivere appeals for Counsel:

... whither shall I go?

... For now I see the true old times are dead....

The dying King Arthur answers:

The old order changeth, yielding place to new;

And God fulfils himself in many ways....

Touched by the great depression and trained in a strong apprenticeship tradition, physicians who are now in their seasoned professional prime not only have been confused but have been appalled by social and political changes affecting their profession during the last decade and particularly during the last year. Magraw analyses the modern trends in medical care and practice objectively and then adds a personal and subjective comment. Few physicians or students of medicine can isolate themselves from the social and political changes inundating the traditional system of medical practice, teaching, and research. Like Magraw, himself, many physicians are reluctant to accept recent and anticipated changes that


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