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The Supreme Court of Wisconsin holds, in Rider v. Ashland County, that it is, in that State, without doubt, the duty of the county board to procure and furnish all needful medical aid and attendance to persons confined in its jail, and to such poor persons as are a county charge. It may be more convenient and cheaper to engage one physician by the year than to employ one or several by the visit, and without previous engagement. Whether the employment shall be by the year or by the visit is in the discretion of the county board. It is not a question of power, but of detail, merely.
DUTY AND POWER OF THE WISCONSIN COUNTY BOARD.. JAMA. 1894;XXII(20):757. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420990031008