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November 9, 1935

OWNERSHIP OF X-RAY FILMS

JAMA. 1935;105(19):1540. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760450060025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Your editorials on the ownership of roentgenographic negatives and particularly the last (October 12) are very encouraging to those who perform roentgen examinations. Each new decision confirming the fact that the films belong to the physician who produces them aids the cause of science and the actual practice of medicine for, other things being equal, the physician who keeps his films and reviews them from time to time is presumably better equipped professionally than the one who does not retain them for further study.Until proper decisions have been handed down by the courts in every state and the matter is no longer a subject for debate, it might be helpful for all physicians who practice diagnostic roentgenology to adopt some specific form of statement on their appointment slips such as that which has been used in my office for the past twelve years and which reads

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