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March 6, 1897

Medical Ethics.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(10):473. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440100041010

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Wichita, Kan., Feb. 10, 1897.

To the Editor:  —I am informed, I think creditably, that one or more specialists in the west are offering as inducement to the profession for their patronage, to divide fees. In one instance there is a verbal agreement to give 25 per cent. I would like the Journal's opinion of the practice. To me it savors much of bribery, both parties sharing in the guilt, the specialists in large cities, like Chicago for instance offering the profession such inducements.I might be tempted to do likewise if it was a case of bread and butter, but it seems to me my financial condition must be much straitened before I would even listen to the tempter. Perhaps I am wrong! Perhaps in the struggle for fame and fortune my patronage ought to go to the highest bidder but it seems to me I ought to be

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