On The Medical Profession and Medical Education in Canada
By Donald MacLean (1865)


I found this to be a very interesting wee book and here is a wee bit from it...

Instead of commanding confidence and respect, the title of "Dr," excites suspicion and, very generally, contempt; instead of implying literary eminence and Moral recitude, it implies rather ignorance and depravity, combined with impudent assurance and unprincipled recklessness. I doubt very much if the medical profession ever in any country occupied a more humble position in public opinion than it at present occupies in Canada.

If a coroner’s inquest were held on every case of death in this Province, say for the next six months, and if the verdict in every case expressed candidly by public opinion as to the cause of death, in comparatively few cases would the verdict read, "died by the visitation of God" in the great majority it would be, "died by the visitation of the Doctor". The causes of this deplorable state of affairs are mainly two—first, the state of the law, which so far from preventing quackery or providing a rod of punishment for it, Is calculated rather to nurse that evil; and secondly, the low standard of medical education in the Canadian Medical Schools.

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