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    We [ophthalmologists] are the 99%!

    Research suggests most physicians aren’t so financially successful after all

    Dr. McDonnell

    Dear loyal Ophthalmology Times reader and fellow ophthalmologist:

    Like you, I chose to attend medical school with the goal of helping patients who were ill and needed curing, comforting, or both. So perhaps the financial rewards of a career in medicine have made you feel slightly embarrassed and concerned that people might be resentful or jealous. Well, here’s good news: research suggests we physicians aren't so financially successful after all.

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    Curious as to the identities of those within the 1%, I consulted the website of Professor G. William Domhoff of the Sociology Department of The University of California at Santa Cruz. Dr. Domhoff studies wealth and income distribution in the United States and correlates this with political power.

    Peter J. McDonnell, MD
    He is director of The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of ...

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