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October 22, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(17):1236. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500170054010

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A distinguished Paris surgeon, whose methods have come sometimes under the criticism of his confrères, is in trouble. It is reported that he demanded a fee of $20,000 to cure a patient with an anticancer serum, after having begun the treatment and declared the case a curable one, and that he threatened to discontinue his services if it was not at once paid. The patient became worse and finally died, and her husband is now suing the physician for the sum paid, pleading "fraud and moral violence." The plaintiff in the case is an American, as in another recent case noted by us as occurring in Germany. The proper moral to be drawn from the facts is, do not go to those who claim too much, and be especially shy of those who have not the full confidence of their own professional confrères or who have come under their criticism

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