Medicine: The Governor's Speech

Doctors who invited Oklahoma's Governor Johnston Murray (son of ex-Governor "Alfalfa Bill" Murray) to address the Tulsa County Medical Society last week expected the usual soothing syrup about the responsibilities of their profession. They found themselves under bitter attack.

"I lay down this flat proposition," said the governor. "During the last 35 years or thereabouts, the medical profession has lost an immeasurable amount of public esteem, reverence and respect that it formerly enjoyed." The main trouble, as he saw it: the "commercialization of the profession." "Maybe," said the governor, the oldtime doctor "didn't die with an amassed fortune of land and gold...

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