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March 12, 1910

An Attempt to Blackmail Physicians

Author Affiliations

Racine, Wis.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(11):890-891. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550370060012

[The following communication concerning an attempt to blackmail physicians is published with a two-fold purpose. Its publication will cause physicians to be on their guard against similar schemes, which may be attempted in any community, and it will serve as a caution to physicians, in view of the fact that the laity is inclined to believe that physicians sometimes recommend operations when they are not needed.Ed.]

To the Editor:  —There has been bad feeling between many of the physicians of Racine and the Kradwell Drug Company, the cause of which or who is at fault has no particular bearing in this case. In this letter I want to show how a blackmailing scheme, intended to be operated over a broad extent of this country was nipped in the bud.March 28, 1909, a man introducing himself as James Rounds came into my office and said he feared he had