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November 26, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(22):1636-1637. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500220046015

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The calculation has been made that the value of the free medical and surgical services, given in one Philadelphia hospital during a year and calculated according to the usual rates of compensation, amounted to $500,000. Supposing it to be only half this amount, which is probably nearer the truth, it is a large sum. This is the contribution of a limited number of physicians—probably forty or fifty—to charity. This is only one of the hospitals of a large city. If the hospitals of the whole country were taken into account, the aggregate amount given by physicians to charity would rise up well into the millions. If the dispensary services were also reckoned in, to say nothing of the private charity practice of which nearly every medical man has his share, the figures would be still more formidable. If any other occupation in life can make a similar showing of unrequited

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