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October 6, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(13):400-401. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390130020007

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Rising Fawn, Ga., Sept. 27, 1883.

Prof. N. S. Davis, Chicago, Ill.:

Dear Sir:  In the editorial department of the Journal of the American Medical Association, of September 1st, is an article, " Contract Practice and Ethics." After reading that article I felt myself to be in a peculiar position.In the first place, I have always been, so far as I was aware, a staunch advocate of the established code, and opposed to all innovations or attempted changes for the purpose of increasing patronage. Now, from the reply to the query of J. P. W., and your comments, I find that so long as a physician is under a contract to do ordinary medical practice for a corporation, just so long he is debarred the privileges of a member of the American Medical Association.Now, in self defense allow some plea for the system.I am one of the barred

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