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November 12, 1938

ORGANIZATION SECTION

JAMA. 1938;111(20):1849-1855. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790460043014
Abstract

THAT PHILADELPHIA OBSTETRIC CASE

Recently many newspapers have commented on the report of a case in which a woman in Philadelphia gave birth to a child prematurely without medical assistance at the time of birth. Apparently a police report on the case said:

Woman was out of funds; hence unattended delivery. Nothing suspicious.

The Philadelphia Record says this indicates

Plenty of grounds for suspicion concerning the medical profession's responsibility and adherence to its own rules of ethics, about which the public hears so much.

According to the newspapers, a policeman called six physicians in the neighborhood and all refused to leave their homes at 7 a. m. on a charity case. The baby, it appears, was born dead. This case was made the basis of a column by the Philadelphia Record's columnist, Mr. Jay Franklin, who has not neglected a single opportunity in recent months to assail the medical

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