A Profession at Risk Is Not Lost!

Stephen R. Yarnall, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1985;145(5):954-955. doi:10.1001/archinte.1985.00360050224053.
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To the Editor.  —Sylvan Weinberg's1 article in the September 1984 Archives would have us believe that the profession of medicine is at greater risk than a 50-year-old man with every major cardiac risk factor. The defeatist tone of the Weinberg thesis is regrettable. One of the characteristics of a physician is to analyze a problem and then to generate a plan for dealing with it. It has been said that there are no hopeless situations, only individuals who give up hope.A number of the concerns stated by Weinberg fail to impress me as evidence that the profession is at risk. The broadening of medical school admission committees away from a group composed solely of physicians, each with their special interests, does not seem entirely a bad idea to me, as it does to Weinberg. The recent broadening of admissions criteria to include women might not have occurred with


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