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To the Editor:
—For some years it has seemed desirable that hospitals throughout the country establish among themselves a rule of ordinary decorum relating to applications for appointment to hospital internships. It is notoriously the fact that with few exceptions the recent graduate in medicine has little regard for the contract he makes with the hospital authorities. Very commonly capital is made of the prestige acquired by a hospital appointment in the securing of one elsewhere. An energetic canvasser during his two weeks' summer holiday may "come up" with several good things, as lie describes them, and secure options for his friends. He may decide not to come back at all after his vacation and lend himself as a decoy to secure a bevy of interns for his new employer. He will write back to the fellows at his "dear old Alma Mater" and assure them he can fix them.
William F. Lockwood. THE MORAL OBLIGATION OF THE MEDICAL INTERN TO THE HOSPITAL. JAMA. 1917;LXIX(15):1290. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590420082026