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May 8, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(19):902-903. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440190040011

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It has been alleged from time to time that anything but care is used in the selection of the surgeons of the various European steamship lines crossing between America and Europe. That there is some basis for this complaint is shown by the results of a criminal trial just concluded in a French court. The correctional tribunal at Marseilles has condemned to two years imprisonment and a fine of 1,000 francs an individual named Gouneau, who had found means to get appointed surgeon on board the liner Les Andes, although he had never studied medicine. For two years the sham doctor occupied his position and even amputated a leg and performed other operations without serious results to the patient. This case which is but one of a number reported from time to time, indicates that some sort of supervision should be exercised over the medical officers of European steamships. While

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