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December 23, 1905


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JAMA. 1905;XLV(26):1955. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510260041003c

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About eighteen years ago I was called to see a patient, a recent arrival from Russia, whom we will call Mrs. Blankstein. She was very ill, indeed, and I found it necessary to see her every day for a month, commencing December 15. She recovered, and in due time I sent my bill. In somewhat overdue time her husband came to my office to pay it. The following was his plea: "Mr. Doctor: dat bill you zendt mein vife, he's all dright, but vone dem visits you make mein vife you makes him on a Grisdmas day, and I vandt you make me a bresent dat visit you makes mein vife ond Grisdmas day." The request was so original, coming from the source it did, so different from the usual demand of a per cent. off, that I threw off the visit, made him a "bresent" of it, instead of

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