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February 24, 1906

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEDICAL SCHOOL FOR CONTRACT PRACTICE AND OTHER EVILS.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(8):588. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510350038007

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Abstract

We have often referred to contract practice and its causes, and we have included in the latter the overcrowding in the profession, the jealous rivalry and the disorganized condition that permits men to isolate themselves and to minister to the immediate present at the expense of the unthought-of future. Perhaps we have never dwelt with sufficient emphasis on the part which the medical college plays in failing to lay a foundation in the physician's training that will tend to prevent secret division of fees, contract practice, jealousy, slander and various other unethical practices.

One of the ways in which most, if not all, of our medical schools have failed to do their duty has been in graduating students into professional life without having given them the slightest idea of the economics of medicine. No word of those principles of ethics which should govern the conduct of medical men has been

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