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May 2, 1990

Preoperative Banditry: Surgeons React

JAMA. 1990;263(17):2300-2301. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440170022021

To the Editor.—  The article1 in the November 10 issue of JAMA is a sad commentary on the medical profession. I am not really sure that there is any surgery that justifies a $10 000 fee to the surgeon, and certainly nothing could justify a 70-year-old man being asked to put up this money prior to the procedure itself. This is the attitude that makes it easy for others to look at our profession and say we are interested only in money.I hope that Ms Richmond understands that there are physicians in this world who care about their patients and to whom the economics of medicine are secondary.