The Integrity of th© Medical Profession - How can It Be Preserved?
By LeRoy Long, M.D., F.A.c.s,,
Director, The LeRoy Long Clinic
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mr. President, Sisters, Ladies and Gentlemen:
I wish to talk to you a few minutes about the importance
of preserving the integrity of the medical profession. I want to talk
to you about that subject because of the direct relation of the profession to this group and to every other group acting under the
auspices of the American College of Surgeons,
Integrity means completeness. It means perfection. That
being true, it is too much to expect that such a state can be realized
in this world. At the same time it would be difficult to find a sound
philosopher who would say that it is not a good thing to look forward
to as an ideal. In our particular work it is a good thing to have such
an ideal as our ultimate goal because the experience of many centuries
demonstrates that the usefulness of the medical profession is in direct
ratio to its integrity. If that is true, then we ought to do what we
can to preserve its integrity.
The progress of the .American College of Surgeons, its conquests, its usefulness to the human family depend upon the integrity
of th© members of the medical profession, both inside the College and
outside of it.
The weaknesses of the College, if weaknesses there be; its
lack of progress, locally or generally; its lack of usefulness,
locally or generally - all these defects are directly traceable to
the lack of integrity of the medical profession, both inside the
College and outside of it.
How can the integrity of our profession be preserved?