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July 10, 1897

The Reorganization of the Public Hospitals in New York in 1895 and the Present Attitude of the Profession on the Subject.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(2):89-90. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440280041007

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New York, July 1, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Two years ago the profession of this country was somewhat startled by the announcement that twenty-eight or more physicians who were serving gratuitously in the hospitals in the Department of Charities of New York were about to be set adrift without cause or pretext, except that the medical colleges clamored for their places. Surprise was heightened when it was made known that in spite of the protests of the veteran members here threatened with dismissal, and the repeated appeals of the local medical societies, the medical colleges defiantly proceeded to nominate physicians for places not yet vacated.This procedure stirred the general profession into prompt and vigorous action, as it certainly seemed to involve the violation of one of the basic principles of the Code of Ethics of the American Medical Association.The County Medical Association of New York—that medical organization which

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