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Oran, Mo., Aug. 8, 1895.
To the Editor:
—Will you kindly answer the following question in your next issue:Is it unprofessional or not, to divide your fees with " Granny women?" I have a colleague who gives his assistant midwife $1 while he takes $9 for his obstetrical fee. I told him that it was the business of the patron to pay the fees of both physician and nurse, and that when a physician divided his fees with would-be midwives it looked very much like "drumming" for practice. Please answer and oblige,Very respectfully yours,
—The dividing the fee in an obstetrical case with the nurse or other attendant is in the nature of drumming for practice, or the acceptance by the physician of a percentage from an apothecary. No self-respecting physician should indulge in such methods.
Howle WP. A Question of Ethics. JAMA. 1895;XXV(10):422. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430360036009
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