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November 3, 1883

LETTER FROM A. B. TADLOCK, PRESIDENT TENNESSEE STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY.

JAMA. 1883;I(17):514-515. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390170022006

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Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 15, 1883.

Mr. Editor:  The Journal of the 6th inst. just received, late, it is true, in reaching its destination. But it is better late than never, not having lost any of its sweetness on the desert air, nor in the tardy U. S. mail bags. It is an interesting number in many respects, scientific and professional. The subject of medical contracts, opened up by Russy, and your able answer, certainly needs to be turned over and aired, in the prevailing professional degeneracy of the times. How about the government asking bids for annual medical services and medicines for an indefinite number of United States prisoners in a county jail? And suppose a few enterprising doctors, hankering after official honors, thoughtlessly sniff at the tempting morsel without, like Dr. R., comprehending where the wrong intrudes, which are most culpable, government clerks, medical enterprise, or journals and

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