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February 26, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(9):500. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440610048011

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In nearly all of the large cities the evils of free dispensaries are recognized, and the great question is to know what to do, how to abandon them and how to end their pauperizing influences. In the city of New York two parties are gathered in battle array. One would like to restrict the present free practice in dispensaries and stop the organization of new ones; the other would enlarge the scope of this work, and permit new places to give free treatment. The college teachers and post-graduate schools are very active to keep up the dispensaries, and the general practitioner realizes their danger to himself and the community. The issue is to be settled by a bill prohibiting dispensaries except under certain general restrictions, now pending at Albany. At this distance it is difficult to understand how any defenders of the present dispensary system can make a reasonable plea

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