Leighton E. Cluff, MD
In the last few decades, physicians have become better able to prevent, diagnose, treat, and cure many disorders. As this power has increased, physicians have turned their attention more and more to personal health care, leaving to others the responsibility for addressing society's health care problems.
Those who practice medicine are charged with the obligation to apply their knowledge and skills for people's well-being. Physicians, I believe, have responsibilities to serve both individuals and the public. These responsibilities are skewed toward providing personal medical care, and physicians understandably focus their attention almost exclusively on their obligations to individuals through one-on-one
Cluff LE. Physicians, Patients, and Society. Ann Intern Med. ;114:805–806. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-9-805
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(9):805-806.
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