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A custom which, although said to be common enough in Europe for many years, has only lately reached America, is that of hotel " privilege " as applied to doctors. It has always been the case in the larger hotels that the boot-black, the proprietor of the news stand, and the cigar man, paid the hotel for the privilege of conducting their business. The custom has now been extended to the hotel doctor.
The doctor attached to one of the newest and largest Chicago hotels lately left it, and it is said owed the hotel some $1,500. The proprietor was apparently not backward in taking steps to recover his loss, and as there were several applicants for the vacancy, he placed the privilege at $500 a year, for not less than five years; the $2,500 to be paid in advance. As the place was not put up at auction, the first comer,
AN IMPORTED CUSTOM.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(25):1307. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431030043010