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PHYSICIAN. One lawfully engaged in the practice of medicine.
     2. A physician in England cannot recover for fees, as his practice is altogether honorary. Peake C. N. P. 96, 123; 4 T. R. 317.
     3. But in Pennsylvania, and perhaps in all the United States, he may recover for his services. 5 Serg. & Rawle, 416. The law implies, therefore, a contract on the part of a medical man, as well as those of other professions, to discharge their duty in a skillful and attentive manner; and the law will redress the party injured by their neglect or ignorance. 1 Saund. 312, R; 1 Ld. Raym. 213; 2 Wils. 359; 8 East, 348.
     4. They are sometimes answerable criminally for mala praxis. (q.v.) 2 Russ. on Cr. 288; Ayl. Pand. 213; Com. Dig. h.t. Vin. Ab. h.t.

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25 Universitatsarchiv Tubingen, 20, 3a, 1 (1599); quoted in Brecht, 1977, 281: "Hess sei kein Mediziner, sondern ein alchymista potius, impii illius Paracelsi discipulus.
He paraphrases a passage from his German version of "Fate": Frage geistreiche Mediziner, sagt Emerson, wie viel Temperament nicht entscheidet und was es uberhaupt nicht entscheidet?
Samtliche Bucher dieser Gruppe, ausser dem unter Fussnote 32 genannten, wurden ubrigens von dem fur diese Aufgaber kaum kompetent gewesenen Mediziner und Medizingeschichtier Reinhold F.