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November 9, 1912

THE LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE RELATIONS OF HOSPITALS TO CORPORATIONS INTERESTED IN PATIENTS

Author Affiliations

General Attorney, The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company CHICAGO

JAMA. 1912;LIX(19):1693-1697. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110107013
Abstract

It has often been said that no two doctors can diagnose a case alike, and probably the same thing is true of lawyers. I have even heard it said that no one lawyer can state the law alike twice. Consequently, in a twentyminute endeavor to discuss the above subject, I shall confine myself to a few general propositions.

When some poor unfortunate is struck by a street-car, or steps in front of an automobile, or stumbles on a loose board on a factory floor, and the victim is brought to your hospital for six weeks' stay, some interesting problems not altogether medical are likely to develop. Unless your hospital is a public one, that is, maintained by the state, county or city, the injured man has no legal right to demand admittance. Your hospital does not turn him away, however, and having admitted him, you must treat him to the

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