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September 5, 1903

Medical Contingent Fees.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(10):615-616. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490290027012

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Chicago, Aug. 26, 1903.

To the Editor:  —In the August 22 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association is an account of a damage case recently tried in a Colorado court which furnishes The Journal with an item for editorial comment under the heading "Medical Contingent Fees." It was admitted by the physicians for the plaintiff that the fees were contingent, that is, that they were to receive a certain percentage of the amount recovered for their services. The attorneys for the defendant corporation made the most of this admission and took the ground that it was contrary to good policy and morals. The physicians claimed that the transaction was an innocent one, that as the injured person was poor she was allowed to contract to pay her bill in this way.Such a case as this brings up the whole vexed question of medical expert testimony, which

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