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July 9, 1904

The Medical Gold Brick of Chicago.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(2):135. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500020049015

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Chicago, July 2, 1904.

To the Editor:  —A worthy gentleman of philanthropic proclivities, a promoter who is alive to the interests of humanity —which is "I," writ large—has discovered that Chicago is suffering from a lack of hospital accommodations. Incidentally he has discovered that there are a few persons who have escaped the net of the hospital grafter and are still foolish enough to employ physicians and to pay them for their services. Bent on remedying this deplorable state of affairs, he is now in Chicago for the purpose of organizing a "co-operative hospital," run on the principle of that much-to-be-anathematized institution, the London Medical Club. The members of the proposed co-operative hospital are to pay a yearly "membership" fee, and the medical staff is to be "paid for its services." The principal alleged raison d'etre for the new scheme is the need of providing accommodations for those "too poor

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