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—I have a little grievance to bring to your attention, and to that of the profession at large.In October last, there came to Charleston, Messrs. Bernhardt and Matthez, "scientific opticians" from Chicago. Immediately upon their arrival here they visited all of the prominent physicians, explained that they were opticians—not oculists, nor did they interfere in any way with the oculist—and asked these physicians to give them their names in recommendation of their (the opticians') work, in order that they might publish them. Strange as it may seem, many of our most prominent physicians readily signed their names without knowing anything more of them than that they had good names of other men.Before they could publish these names I succeeded in having a special meeting of the County Medical Society called, and stated my case. I said: "I am a specialist in diseases of the eye and
Kollock CW. UNETHICAL USE OF PHYSICIANS' NAMES.. JAMA. 1888;X(9):282. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400350030011