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February 15, 1941

PHYSICIANS OFFERED A "DEAL"

JAMA. 1941;116(7):597. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820070047015

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Abstract

On January 13 postcards were mailed to various physicians in the Indiana area which read as follows:

Dear Doctor:—  I would like to enter into an arrangement with you, requiring your full time service away from your office. Attractive opportunity and fine remuneration. Office space is provided. This is a permanent arrangement. The proposition is in Anderson, Indiana. If you are interested, wire collect, giving your phone number, so that I can call you.B. Sherman1148 W. Chicago Ave.Chicago, IllinoisA check of the address indicated that its occupant is the Ritholz Optical Company. The Bureau of Investigation first dealt with the Ritholz optical concerns in an article in The Journal, July 25, 1925. Ten years later, in the July 6, 1935 issue, the Bureau reported, under the title "The Ritholz Frauds," a post office fraud order issued against the concern. Nine different trade styles were listed in

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