August 24, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(8):694-695. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530080062008

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It is well known that in our large cities many physicians are in the habit of ignoring the gathering of excited individuals on the street corner, which tells of the presence of a victim of some accident or sudden illness, with about the same degree of assiduity that a debtor might display in overlooking the presence of some passing creditor. The explanation which one often hears for the assumption of this attitude sounds reasonable enough on the face of it: "I have no instruments, no medicine with me, and if I had them I should probably not have time to make use of them. The ambulance will be here in a few minutes and the patient will be taken to the hospital, which is surely the best place for him. By pushing in I shall be able to accomplish nothing and shall just add one to the crowd which is

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