Doctors' Freedom Hailed by DuVal
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Congratulating Mark Callaway (second from left), the top graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, are (from left) Dr. Martin D. Woodin of Baton Rouge, president of the LSU System; Dr. Ike Muslow, acting dean of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport; and Dr. Allen A. Copping of New Orleans, chancellor of the LSU Medical Center. Callaway, who has maintained a 3.877 grade average, was also named winner of the Upjohn Co. Award for Outstanding Scholarship at commencement ceremonies yesterday. (Times Photo by Ken Aclin) Doctors' Freedom Hailed by DuVal By Alison Watson Of The Times Staff Extraordinary scientific ad-vances and the free rein given to physicians by society has put the medical pro-fession into a position "which almost guarantees pro-fessional inertia in repsonding to the newly articulated social needs," Dr. Merlin K. DuVal -said here yesterday. Dr. DuVal, vice president for health sciences at the University of Arizona and former assistant secretary for •health of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, was commencement speaker Saturday at gradua-tion ceremonies for the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He told the 42 graduates, faculty members, guests and LSU officials that physicians have been given "an awful lot of freedom." The doctor is well-respected and well-compensated, is free to choose the city in which he will practice and may select his own associates and hospitals with which he will practice, he said. In addition, society allows the physician to determine which other persons will study medicine, what the qualifications for licensure should be and how he and his colleagues should police themselves. "And it is precisely this absence of constraints that makes it possible for every professional to be as effective as he is in serving the people he serves, but herein lies the danger," he said. Dr. DuVal added that socie-ty has "clearly said that whenever professional stan-dards and performance ap-pear to be serving the in-terests of the profession more than they serve the interests of the public, it is the public in-terest that will prevail." While he said it is freedom that provides "the stimulus for the full flowering of human endeavor," Dr. DuVal added that physicians should try to achieve a balance between the profession and society. "Society is increasingly de-manding a solution to the problem of the inequitable distribution of health services so that the rights of all in-dividuals can be respected and accommodated. "And your faculty and I believe you are ready for this challenge," he told graduates. Dr. DuVal added that the medical degrees which were conferred yesterday were not "gifts like green stamps to which you are entitled simply because you were here at the right time and have done the work. "It is a privilege and should be treated as such," he said.
|Title||Doctors' Freedom Hailed by DuVal|
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
DuVal, Merlin K.
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