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November 8, 1952


Author Affiliations

Chief of Surgery South San Francisco Hospital 500 Grand Ave. South San Francisco, Calif.

JAMA. 1952;150(10):1035. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680100077032

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To the Editor:  —With reference to the article "Fee-Splitting Doctors: Menace to Health," by Arch J. Beatty, M.D. (Coronet, Sept., 1952), I would like to state that Dr. Beatty, by his own account, has been in practice approximately three years. I, of course, have no immediate means of judging the circles in which this author practices. I can say for myself, however, that I have been in very active practice since 1926, being in general practice for the first 18 years and in a practice limited to surgery for the last 8 years. At no time while I was in general practice was I approached by any surgeon either to ask me to refer cases to him or to offer me a "split" for doing so. At no time did any surgeon ever pay me anything for referring a patient to him. Since my work has been confined to surgery,

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