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May 29, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(22):1037-1038. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440220033007

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The average annual income of a metropolitan lawyer has been quoted as being $800, but the New York Herald of May 16, makes that of the " Gotham " physician to be $1,630. One who possibly may have inspired the interview stated in the article that his practice brought him $10,000 each month, while another with a much clearer conscience said he was happy when he received $100 in the same time. For prudential reasons both these unnamed brothers under the ægis of " the Code " teach us nothing of their money-making methods, and thereby incur none of the risks of that " competition" just now so much talked of by politico-economists. With the accord of modesty to the poorer exemplar let us think of an income of $120,000 a year with the long line of office patients jostling over each other at $10 per somersault, and then be deaf to the coarse imprecations

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