There are those who say that the earliest physician was the priest, just as the earliest judge was the ruler who uttered the divine command and was king and priest combined. Modern scholarship warns us to swallow with a grain of salt these sweeping generalities, yet they have at least a core of truth. Our profession - yours and mine - medicine and law have divided with the years, yet they were not far apart at the beginning.
Kennedy, Walters B.
"Medical Science and the Law,"
The Linacre Quarterly: Vol. 6
, Article 6.
Available at: http://epublications.marquette.edu/lnq/vol6/iss1/6