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July 11, 1908

EXPLOITING THE TUBERCULOUS.

JAMA. 1908;LI(2):134-135. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540020046009

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Abstract

The latest scheme for utilizing the physician as a decoy in a "hold-up game," in which wealthy tuberculous patients or their friends play the part of the unwilling, and apparently unconscious, victims, hails from Arizona. Located at Tucson, Ariz., there is a stock corporation which rejoices in the euphonious, if somewhat enigmatic, name of "The Southwestern Extraforaneous Company." Now extraforaneous—which is classed by the Standard Dictionary as a "rare" word—means "situated outside the door"; in other words, out-of-doors. The name, in brief, is that of a sanitarium for the tuberculous. As the circular says, to "attract moneyed consumptives" it is desirable to have physicians as agents and to secure their services "it is necessary that they be stockholders of the company." But—and here is the kernel of the nut—in addition to receiving dividends as stockholders, each "agent physician receives a liberal commission based on the receipts from the patients sent

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