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November 28, 1936

Medical Economics

JAMA. 1936;107(22):1815. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770480047017


Some Evidence from the Pages of the British Medical Journal  A series of letters from physicians in the correspondence department of the British Medical Journal in recent months indicates that the physicians practicing under the panel system are by no means wholly satisfied with the character of service they are required to give. The letter that started the trouble was from F. S. Taylor-Thomas,1 who wrote from Australia and says:My interpretation of the statement is that panel practice in action tends to produce the following:Patient (entering consulting room, and taking seat on chair) "I want somethin' for this wheezin' on my chest, Doctor. I've had it for a week now. Cough at night somthin' awful."Doctor: "Very well, take off your things and I'll examine your chest."Patient: "Oh, never mind that, Doctor! Just give me a bottle of cough