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March 11, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(10):798. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500370046012

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Philadelphia seems to have a very bad name on account of its municipal politics. It has been called "corrupt and contented." Perhaps this description applies to the people generally. There is one man, a physician, who evidently is not one of the "contented" ones. We received a pamphlet entitled "An Experience of a Republican Citizen of Corrupt and Contented Philadelphia," by Dr. John B. Roberts, who, with the aid of documents, shows the sorry conditions existing in the "City of Brotherly Love." Above all, however—and this is the point to which we wish to call attention—it is to be noticed that a physician has been doing an excellent work quietly and persistently. Dr. Roberts has been in politics, not for what there was in it, evidently, but to help purge his city of some of the corruption that seems to infest it. His work has extended from 1902, when he

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