A Plea for the Doctors.
December 21, 1864.
To the Editor of the Richmond Dispatch::
Will you be so good as to impress it upon our authorities that the action it is reported they are about to take relative to physicians ought to be left to the people
of each district to say what physician they preferred to employ in their families.
The age of the physician, in very many cases, has nothing in the world to do with the qualifications.
I know a village in which there are four physicians, one of them quite a young man; yet he is considered by far the best physician, and is a hard student.--The oldest man of the four is not much employed, and stands low as to qualifications.
Now, Mr. Editor
, would our authorities wish to force upon the people a physician they had no confidence in and would not employ, and take from them the most skillful of the four because he was the youngest, and a very sober
man at that.
Not residing near the village, I never employ either of the four.
We have, in our district, two physicians, both of whom are skillful; one of them is considerably younger than the other, yet he would be very much
missed, as the practice is large and very laborious — more than any one man could possibly attend to; for I have seen this matter tried.
I say again, Mr. Editor
, urge our authorities to let the people select their own physician.