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August 17, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(7):608. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530070078014

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Some years ago there appeared some correspondence in the English medical journals in regard to the propriety of physicians yielding to the requirement of some patrons that they should use the area doors instead of the front entrance in making professional calls. We have not heard that any one ever succeeded in forcing this rule on the British medical profession. It seemed then hardly possible that a similar attempt to put physicians on the same grade as grocers' delivery boys and servants' visitors would ever be made in this country, but such appears to be the case. A Newark, (N. J.) physician, it is reported, has brought suit for $5,000 damages against the owner of a flat or apartment building who had made this rule and who attempted to prevent him using the front entrance, and the case is said to be arousing much interest in the medical fraternity of

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