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October 16, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LIII(16):1295-1296. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550160051010

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It probably happens practically every day in the year that some physician somewhere in the United States is on a railroad train when an accident happens, and naturally offers to do whatever he can for the injured. Often it is imperative that such immediate service should be rendered to save a life in imminent danger, or to protect the sufferer from the hazards of bungling, inexpert interference. It is reasonably sure that a certain number of lives are saved by such unsolicited medical aid every year; and it is beyond all doubt that many persons injured in railway accidents are spared long convalescence, because through prompt medical aid they escaped the danger of meddlesome interference with their wounds at the beginning. In a certain number of these cases the injured persons are able and willing to pay for the physician's services; but such cases are extremely few. The services are

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