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March 27, 1897

THE ABUSE OF MEDICAL CHARITY.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(13):612-613. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440130038009

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Abstract

The Medical Association of the District of Columbia has recently adopted recommendations intended to restrict the abuse of medical charity which has grown in the City of Washington, D. C., with a rapidity and malignancy which threatened the impoverishment of the general practitioner. These recommendations were printed in our issue of March 13, but as similar abuses are to be found in most of our cities, a few words of editorial comment appear desirable. "There is no profession " says the Ethical Code of the American Medical Association, "by the members of which eleemosynary services are more liberally dispensed than the medical, but justice requires that some limits should be placed to the performance of such good offices..... Some general rules should be adopted by the faculty in every town or district, relative to pecuniary acknowledgements from their patients; and it should be deemed a point of honor to adhere to

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