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July 17, 1897

"Life Insurance Fees for Medical Touts."

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(3):139-140. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440290045011

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Hartford, Conn., July 8, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Your edition of July 3 contains an editorial entitled "Life Insurance Fees for Medical Touts," which is in its initial statements so obviously unfair to the great majority of life insurance companies, as well as to the medical profession at large, that I beg leave to offer a remonstrance. You begin by saying, "for at least a half a century the American medical profession has been conscious of the great injustice done in the matter of fees for life insurance examinations." Now, I have been a practicing physician and life insurance medical examiner for thirty-one years, and for nearly half that time also the medical director of a large life insurance company. As the examiner of several companies I received, during the early part of my career, $3, and for the latter years $5, for each examination made, and when microscopic examination

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