In Mark 5:26, in telling the story of the woman who had been bleeding, Mark mentions:
She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
This seems to paint doctors in a somewhat negative light to say that she suffered under their care. On the other hand, in the saying in Mark 2:17 Jesus compares himself, if tongue-in-cheek, to a doctor saying that it's not the healthy that need them.
I'm curious about the social standing of doctors in that day. I've heard a number of preachers discuss the social place of tax collectors in the first century, but never physicians. Did they have respect as did the profession maybe a generation ago in our day? Or were they considered more as a scam leaving you still sick and now broke as seems the case with the woman in Mark 5?