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May 9, 1896

MISCHIEF-MAKING JOURNALISM.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(19):937. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430710039008

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Abstract

In the same issue of our more or less esteemed contemporary, the New York Medical Record, in which it affected editorial ignorance of the American Medical Association, asking "What is it? " and in the same column is published a statement—"No Pay, No Work "—to the effect that " it has been decided by the Supreme Court of Illinois that the health authorities have no right to require physicians to report contagious diseases or births without pay," and, upon this obviously absurd proposition, proceeded to discuss the nice question: "Whether the physician, whose aim is the prevention as well as the cure of disease, is not morally bound to warn the community of danger when this can be done at a not unreasonable expenditure of time and labor," etc.—more Bunsbii.

The proposition was obviously absurd because, at least so far as Illinois is concerned—and the same is true generally of other

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