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September 7, 1895

A Question of Ethics.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(10):422. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430360036009

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Abstract

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,

Answer:  —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.

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