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April 28, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(17):1278. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270040266029

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To the Editor:  —I want to call your attention to the efforts being made by the Thompson Malted Food Company in interesting the profession in the sale of their stock here. An agent of this company recently showed me a check from one of our leading physicians for $150, payable to this company for an interest in the business, as an inducement. I cannot see that this is any different morally than for doctors to be interested in certain dairies, or any other business, in which they and their patients have common dealings in the practice of their professions.They offered to sell me stock, and I told them that under no conditions would I be financially interested in any surgical instrument house, drug store, milk concern or food company, all of which were necessary to the sick and to me in the practice of my profession.The moral is

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