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The Case of Dr. Axham
The action of the general medical council in removing physicians from the medical register is often the subject of criticism in the lay press; but nothing comparable to the campaign for the restoration of Dr. Axham to the register has occurred before. Some years ago the council, becoming aware that the public was being misled by certain qualified physicians who delegated to unqualified employees the treatment of patients, issued a warning notice to the effect that a legally qualified physician who, by his presence, countenance, advice, assistance or cooperation, should enable an unqualified person to carry on practice as if he were qualified and registered, was liable to incur the penalty of erasure from the register. It was found that Dr. Axham was in the habit of administering anesthetics for the bonesetter Mr. Barker. He was summoned before the council and not only admitted the
LONDON. JAMA. 1926;86(9):636–637. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670350046020
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