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October 31, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(18):965-966. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430960037008

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The Practitioners' Club of Chicago held a meeting Monday night, under the presidency of Prof. Christian Fenger, at which they discussed the perennial Cook County Hospital question. The speakers were Drs. Steele, Babcock, T. A. Davis, Senn, W. T. Montgomery, Brower, Hamilton, Moyer, Lewis and Wilder. Some curious facts were brought out in the discussion, among others that the members of the staff, with very few exceptions, were the private physicians of the county commissioners, and that the price of appointment was free treatment of the special commissioner and his family, together with the political pull of the incumbent. One of the speakers stated that internes at that institution were in the habit of performing capital operations in emergency cases without waiting for an attending member of the staff, and that they did not hesitate to perform such dangerous operations as amputation of the hip joint. Statement was made that

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