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October 6, 1934


JAMA. 1934;103(14):1071-1072. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750400039016

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Elsewhere in this issue (p. 1088) appears a letter from the secretary of the American Surgical Trade Association discussing the code under which dealers in surgical apparatus and supplies will work under the National Recovery Act. The significant paragraph for physicians is one that now places legal control over a situation that was formerly subject only to ethical considerations.

For many years the organized medical profession of this country has been opposed to the acceptance of commissions or rebates by doctors from the manufacturers of surgical supplies. The practice is a low form of the division of fees. It is developed primarily to induce doctors to send their patients to manufacturers who pay large commissions rather than to those able to supply the patient with the apparatus required at the lowest possible cost. Many physicians of high principles adopted the practice of turning over such rebate checks directly to their

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