June 23, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXII(25):962. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421040030009

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Railroad companies have come to make arrangements with physicians all along their lines to care for injured persons, and especially employes, who require immediate attention. Mere appointments of this kind, however, carry with them but little implied authority. This fact is illustrated by the decision of the Appellate Court of Indiana in the case of the Chicago & Erie Railroad Company v. Behrens, rendered April 6, 1894. The evidence showed that a physician, regularly appointed by the Railroad Company named, was, under the terms of his contract, required to do the medical and surgical work of the Company in a prescribed territory, and to care for the patients while in his charge. An injured employe was brought to him, by the conductor of a train, to look after and attend as a surgeon. The character of the employe's injuries was such as to require immediate attention, and, under the direction

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