Medicine: All Is Forgiven

"Doctors," wrote cantankerous George Bernard Shaw in the preface to The Doctor's Dilemma, which expressed the same bias, "are just like other Englishmen: most of them have no honor and no conscience."

Last week Britain's independent medical weekly, the Medical Press, showed its willingness to forgive & forget the Shavian animus against the profession and blame it all on the disillusionment of youth. (He was 50 when he wrote the play.) "Young Shaw's first indirect contact with our profession," wrote the weekly, "may well have been when his father was operated on by Sir William Wilde [who] succeeded only in converting a...

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