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Letter from John T. T. Hundley, M.D., Lynchburg, Virginia, to Fred W. Rankin, M.D., congratulating him on "the honest, courageous, forthright statement made by [him] in [his] address to the American College of Surgeons recently.", 1953

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` _ JOHN T. T. HUNDLEY, M. D. ‘ if r Allied Arts Building g Lynchburg, Virginia ’ ` 15 October 1953 n Dr. Fred W. Rankin, { Lexington, Ky. _ Dear Dr. Rankin; I I merely wish to,congratulate you on the honest, . courageous, forthright statement made by you in your address to ‘the American College of Surgeons recently. I have attempted to _ maintain such a position for a number of years. It is often dif- » ficult, because of the inertia in the thinking of our fellow · ‘ practitioners. Most apparently feel that nothing more is or should be e expected of them after they exert good professional and scientific jud· · gement, that what the other fellow does is none of their business, and if the public gets caught it is his own fault and responsibility. The old "public be damned? attitude has rather thoroughly permeated l the medical profession, even as business and industry has generally ‘ s attained a more understanding and responsible attitude. For your interest I am enclosing two reprints of similar presentations I have made along the same line. ’ We need many more men such asiyou. v i _ Sincerely yours, I , ‘· P . r' » s ` John T. T. Hundley, M. D.