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August 5, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(6):408. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510060044016

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The mails regularly bring to physicians an unusual number of opportunities to make "good money" without any effort. Thousands of dollars are thus spent for printing and postage. Does it pay? If not, why does the deluge keep on coming? It is to be feared that among ill-educated and unsuccessful physicians there are always some who grasp at every such chance. The form of these appeals to cupidity or to discouragement frequently runs: "We desire to secure a representative physician in your locality who will become associated with us as a specialist for the treatment," etc. "The special advantages of this treatment can be secured for his private practice by one physician in your locality." Through "an advantageous business arrangement," other physicians are permitted to furnish patients. Eminent men, some with the degree of D.D., furnish a very large proportion of the usual "testimonials." Of course the business is conducted

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