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March 28, 1908

RAILROAD SURGEONS AND FREE PASSES.

JAMA. 1908;L(13):1043-1044. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530390041014
Abstract

The Ohio State Medical Journal for March states that a bill has been introduced into the Ohio legislature prohibiting railroad companies from issuing passes to surgeons for their services. There is no reason why the surgeon should be an exception in the antipass legislation which is becoming the common thing in several states. In discussing contract practice,1 we said: "We are free to say that we consider that the prevalent custom among physicians in smaller towns on railroads, of accepting a position as railroad surgeon for the sole compensation of an annual pass, is belittling both to the individual surgeon and to the profession and many a good man has been ruined thereby. This should be eliminated by the surgeons themselves. Good work, properly done, entitles one to proper compensation. The railroads must have competent surgeons for their own protection. They are perfectly willing to get men on a

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