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January 9, 1954


Author Affiliations

The Memorial Hospital Easton, Md.

JAMA. 1954;154(2):167. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940360065023

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To the Editor:—  Oftener and oftener we read in nationally circulated magazines and journals stories of rascality in the medical profession. These articles usually follow the same pattern—sensational exposé of "unnecessary" surgery, "ghost" surgery and fee-splitting, poor surgery, poor medicine, fee gouging, or some variation of these. Some of these stories have been almost venomously critical of unidentified physicians practicing in unidentified hospitals; some have given the identity of physicians and hospitals in the few isolated instances in which unethical practices were partially supported, at least, by expert medical investigators. All of the articles I have read, however well founded the criticisms may have been in the few such cases publicized, have had the effect of being adversely critical of the medical profession and of hospitals generally. For reputable magazines to lend their pages to what amounts to calumny against 99% of the members of a high profession hardly seems

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