We Don't Get No Respect

Joseph R. Bianchine, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(9):1830-1831. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350090212047.
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To the Editor.  —Being rather astonished by the powerful but negative statement made by Richard L. Landau, MD, about professors of medicine that was published in the February Archives (1983;143:212-213), I offer this gentle rebuttal. Gentle because Dr Landau is one of the professors of medicine whom I have greatly admired from afar, chiefly because of his outstanding editorial activities with Perspectives in Biology and Medicine.Dr Landau's multiple complaints about professors of medicine are certainly not new. Peabody2 noted 53 years ago that such complaints "merely represent the normal senescent yearning for those old times which always seem to have been so much better than anything that has come since." But why do these dissatisfactions recur? Let us look at some of the points raised by Dr Landau.Dr Landau laments that there are no replicas of Robert Loeb, MD, among us—"he was not `clonable.'"Surely, average professors


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