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January 22, 1898

Medical Courtesy.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(4):228. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440560056014

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Shelbyville, Ind., Jan. 11, 1898.

To the Editor:  —I can not agree with you in your answer to R. A. H. on "Medical Courtesy," in the Journal of January 8. My understanding is, and has been for more than forty years, that on this point of medical etiquette the rule is the reverse of that in social life, and for very obvious reasons. When a physician locates in a town, it is his duty to call on members of the regular profession at the earliest convenient time, if he is a regular physician himself. By this action he manifests his intention to continue in the regular profession and wishes to associate with its members.He may, as is sometimes the case, be changing his location for the purpose of engaging in quackery, and to avoid any embarrassments, he should be left free to indicate his future intentions, which he can

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