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August 22, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(8):439-441. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430860043006

At last the British lay public is becoming aroused to the existence of what an editorial writer in The Saturday Review justly calls "an intolerable national scandal"—namely, the abuse of medical charities, and such being the case, we may hope for some abatement of the evil. From or through the medical profession we may apparently hope little or nothing at all. There are a hundred reasons for this, many of which have often enough been iterated and reiterated, and the fact is deplorable—but fact it is. It is true that there is a committee of the British Medical Association on medical charities, and the last report of its subcommittee through its chairman, Mr. Thomas Bridgwater, concerning certain London hospitals (Brit. Med. Jour., July 18, 1896, p. 139) is interesting reading—interesting from the positive proof it gives of the failure of "Reform within the Party," and also from the indirect evidence

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