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June 8, 1923.
A Proposed Order of Physicians
What has been termed the "medical note-book scandal" has been creating considerable stir, of late, in the public press. For some time it has been the practice for physicians who attend ex-service men to record their visits in certain carnets médicaux, or medical note-books. At Marseilles and Versailles it has been discovered that certain physicians have recorded visits that they had not made, and have collected from the state enormous sums to which they were not entitled. In view of this scandal, a bill has been proposed in the chamber of deputies looking toward the creation of an Order of Physicians, analogous to the already established Order of Advocates. The proponents of the bill contend that public interest demands that physicians be, by legal enactment, grouped together in an organized "medical corps," which shall be accorded the right to impose penalties on
PARIS. JAMA. 1923;81(1):53-55. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650010057020