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October 12, 1918


JAMA. 1918;71(15):1242. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600410064020

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To the Editor:  —I do not believe that advertising in a daily newspaper and in the physician's waiting room, and the sale to the highest bidder of his unpaid accounts, as advocated by physicians and noted under "Editorial Comments" in the September issue of the Journal of the Michigan State Medical Society, is the proper remedy for people who do not pay their physician. A more radical one is needed. Since the physician must consummate one of the great fundamental instincts of human life, that of self-preservation, or making a living, why not strike at the root of the evil, calling a spade a spade, and not beat around the bush? The health of the physician, which is his greatest asset, suffers by the fatigue of long hours in trying to conserve human life. He responds to the public's call the entire twenty-four hours of the day, while even the

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