January 27, 1900

Medical Practice in the Philippines.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(4):249-250. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460040059020

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Manila, P. I., Dec. 12, 1899.

To the Editor:  —This is a difficult place in which to put anything into literary form, one being in a sweat-bath most of the time, and having to stop every few minutes to wipe one's hands and face.

PRACTICE IN MANILA.  The old Spanish law, under which we are administering the civil government here, required the passing of an examination for dentists and veterinarians, but none for physicians, who were only required to have a diploma, to register and pay an annual tax of $50 to $150, according to supposed income, by which they were classified. There is no field here for American physicians, for several reasons. In the first place the fees are too small. I was called once to an American house where I had been attending the family, and found a native physician there, sent for in emergency by the servants.

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