November 14, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(20):1065-1066. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430980037005

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Can impudence, stupidity and selfishness go farther than in the following "case"? Not long ago a commercial firm enjoying the undisturbed honor of being a parasite upon the medical profession, requested medical men to give without any sort of compensation, their contributions of medical literary articles to the journals published by this lay firm. Sometimes it even went so far as to make the contributor pay for reproducing the illustrations to the article. The very agreeable contributor gave the result of his scientific work to the non-professional publisher in order that the whole profession might learn anything that could aid it in its struggle with disease. The single desire of the physician in contributing to medical journals is to secure the greatest possible professional publicity for his article. What then must be the amused and disgusted contempt of the medical man when he learns that the proprietors of the journal

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