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March 2, 1895

THE REGULATION OF DOCTORS' FEES.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(9):329-330. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430090031003

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Abstract

Be cunning in the working this, and thy fee is a thousand ducats.—Much Ado About Nothing.

A member of the Illinois State Senate whom we may term O'Dwyer, has introduced a bill into the Senate regulating the fees of physicians and surgeons. The Journal has not been favored with a copy of this bill, but we learn by the daily press that the bill proposes to fix the maximum fee for any surgical operation at $100. Senator O'Dwyer is given credit by the veracious chronicler of the press for being the first to bring this subject to the attention of the law.

As usual, however, this statement was evidently made by some one who had not looked into the records on this subject. Professional fees have been regulated by law from perhaps the earliest times.

By the Cincian law, passed in the palmy days of the Roman Republic, lawyers

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