January 18, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(3):137-138. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430550039009

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A practicing physician promised a party to attend his wife professionally during her confinement. A short time before that event took place he left the city for a three-days' vacation; having first visited the woman, and made an examination of her condition, from which he concluded, as he informed her, that his services would not be needed for a few days. Before his return, however, she was confined. The husband, when his wife's travail came on, telephoned to the house of this physician for him to come at once; and in response to this message another physician arrived, stating that the first one was out of town, and that he represented him, and proceeded to take charge of the case, and to deliver the woman of her child, without any objection being made. It was not suggested that his treatment of the wife was unskillful, but in an action brought

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