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Preface on Doctors
George Bernard Shaw

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This etext was produced by Eve Sobol, South Bend, Indiana, USA 

THE DOCTOR'S DILEMMA: PREFACE ON DOCTORS 

BERNARD SHAW 

1909 

It is not the fault of our doctors that the medical service of the
community, as at present provided for, is a murderous absurdity.
That any sane nation, having observed that you could provide for
the supply of bread by giving bakers a pecuniary interest in
baking for you, should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary
interest in cutting off your leg, is enough to make one despair of
political humanity.  But that is precisely what we have done.  And
the more appalling the mutilation, the more the mutilator is paid.
He who corrects the ingrowing toe-nail receives a few shillings:
he who cuts your inside out receives hundreds of guineas, except

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