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May 25, 1912

Want Less Duty on Physicians' Apparatus

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Toledo, O.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(21):1622. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050296025

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal for May 18, p. 1534, you refer to the resolution which I introduced before the House of Delegates of the Ohio State Medical Association, and which refers to tariff reduction on chemical glassware, also on optical instruments, and then further state that it implies an amendment to the customs rule "whereby a physician may import optical instruments" when it should state that we seek "an amendment to the customs rules such as will permit a physician to bring into this country surgical instruments, as tools of his trade." It was also implied that surgical instruments in this case referred to all instruments used either by surgeons or physicians. This covers a much wider field than the reference to optical instruments. The preambles and resolutions were:Whereas, There is no one in the United States to-day manufacturing chemical glassware, although there is much demand for

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