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June 18, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(25):2099. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790250059023

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To the Editor:—  Recent issues of the medical press have carried notices that the U. S. Employees Compensation Commission has issued an order dated Feb. 24, 1938, that the treatment of hernia by the injection method is not authorized and will not be paid for in WPA and federal employee cases. This, of course, will be taken as official government condemnation of a mode of treatment, in itself a dubious assumption of authority in matters of medical opinion, which, if followed as a precedent, is likely to hamper progress on more than this one medical front.What is worse, this order merely makes official an attitude stubbornly held by this commission over several years, as numerous herniated federal employees know to their cost. The argument used to be that federal employees can be operated on in Navy and Army hospitals at low cost to the government, this single consideration of

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