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April 28, 1917


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Chester, Pa.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(17):1280. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270040268033

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To the Editor:  —There is a slick individual hereabouts who works on the sympathy of the doctors by means of a hard luck story.He is about 25 or 30, dark complexioned, about 5 feet 5, weighs about 130, is thin and anemic, and speaks with a German accent.After insinuating himself into the inner office he points to a scar on his right cheek and asks if the doctor remembers having operated on him. Then he goes on to say that in an automobile trip he ran short of funds, which never happened to him before, and all he wants is just enough money, $4, to get home, when he will promptly return the money. He got $4 from me and $9 from another doctor.The publication of this letter may be the means of having the swindler caught and his dream of easy money not too joyously ended.

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