JOHN P. PETERS
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The social responsibility of medicine, as I see it, is to provide to all classes of the population medical care of the highest quality. A lesser adjective like adequate is so indefinite that it can be argued out of all meaning. It is hardly necessary to say that any program that professes to provide the highest quality of medical care must include measures for its continuous improvement.
This premise may be challenged on the grounds that members of the medical profession have no greater moral responsibility to the public than do men and women in other walks of life; that
PETERS JP. THE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEDICINE1. Ann Intern Med. ;12:536–543. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-12-4-536
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;12(4):536-543.
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