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October 6, 1883

Contract Practice and Ethics.

JAMA. 1883;I(13):398-399. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390130018003

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—In the department for correspondence in this number of the Journal will be found a letter from Dr. J. W. Russey, of Georgia, making a plea in favor of contracts for ordinary practice under certain circumstances mentioned in the letter. Dr. Russy writes in a spirit of liberality and candor, worthy of general imitation; and as his plea is probably the best that could be made in favor of any kind of contracts for the performance of ordinary medical and surgical practice, he will not think us unkind if we analize and examine briefly the basis of that plea for the general good. The essential features of the case are as follows:

1st. A corporation employing a large number of workmen levy a per capita tax, or, in other words, retain a certain percentage of each man's wages for the purpose of paying a physician a stipulated salary per month

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