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April 23, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(17):1381. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550430033007

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A striking illustration of the results of club practice appears in a letter from a physician of Budapest published in a recent number of the Wiener klinische Rundschau. The letter states that a laboring man recently shot a club physician because the latter, the year before, had reported adversely on his application for sick indemnity. As a result of this and many less serious attacks, the physicians of the Krankenkassen sick-clubs have asked the authorities to adopt regulations to protect them against unjustified insults and ill-treatment on the part of members of the clubs. The Krankenkassen impose a fine on members guilty of such conduct. but evidently this provision is not enforced or it is not sufficiently stringent to deter members from abusing physicians. The letter adds that although this attack was evidently committed by a man not mentally sound, yet it has a certain significance as showing the feeling on

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