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Gentlemen of the Association.
—I highly appreciate the honor conferred upon me by being invited to deliver an address at the meeting of the American Academy of Railway Surgeons on some topic connected with the medico-legal aspects of railway surgery; and upon reflection, have deemed it advisable to devote the time alloted to a consideration of the laws concerning "Privileged Communications between Physician and Patient," particularly as regards the application of these laws to the duties of railway surgeons.As I understand the status of the members of your body, nearly every one of you is under contract of regular employment by some railway company, by which, in cases of accidental injury to its employes or its passengers, it becomes your duty to visit such cases and to give them the benefit of your professional knowledge and skill. If so, you are not, in the strict sense of the term,
BECKER TC. OBSERVATIONS CONCERNING THE LAW OF PRIVILEGED COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PHYSICIAN AND PATIENT, AS APPLICABLE TO THE DUTIES OF RAILWAY SURGEONS. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(22):1065–1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430740017002e
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