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December 21, 1907

A Story of the Seduction of a Young Physician by a "Patent Medicine" Firm.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(25):2102. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530250054016

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Winfield, Kan., Dec. 9, 1907.

To the Editor:  —I picked up the December number of Appleton's Magazine the other day and the first story I chanced to read was a surprise and revelation to me. It is entitled "The Edge of Circumstance," by Churchill Williams. I am not familiar with the author and do not know whether he is a physician or not, but he shows an intimate knowledge of the present state of affairs in the profession with regard to the nostrum evil.The story itself is true to life and a good one. The hardships and "financial stringency" of the young practitioner who is its leading character are so true in fact that I venture to say 90 per cent, of all the physicians of our land have experienced something along the same line. Any young physician who is having a hard time getting started in his chosen

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