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JAMA 100 Years Ago
February 23, 2005


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(8):926. doi:10.1001/jama.293.8.926-c

It is reported that the governor of Ohio has directed the board of trustees of the Ohio Hospital for Epileptics to ask for the resignation of the superintendent, Dr. A. P. Ohlmacher. By those who knew the strength and methods of the political ring that sought his removal, this action is received without surprise. It is not to the credit of the governor that he should take his action without waiting to investigate the superintendent’s specific charges that some of the subordinate officers of the hospital have been conniving with outside politicians to defraud the state through the sale to the institution of many articles at prices above their real value. Dr. Ohlmacher has publicly submitted for investigation the items of graft, and has asked a public investigation of all the institution’s affairs before his departure on March 15. By complicating the issue, the time-worn method of their kind, the grafters have won. It is announced that the post will not be filled before July 1. The medical profession of Ohio should use every influence to force the trustees to choose for the place another man as capable and as uncompromising in his attitude toward graft as has been Dr. Ohlmacher.

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