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August 30, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(9):495. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480350033006

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Among the recent incidents of the existing coal-miners' strike is the attack on a physician for attending a man who had been beaten by the strikers. Similar cases have occurred in other labor disturbances and they should not go unnoticed by the medical profession. We can charitably allow a good deal for ignorance, and undoubtedly the general sympathy with the working man and the general public prejudice against what is considered a grasping combination of the operators has led the public to condone or overlook a great deal of brutality and barbarism in the conduct of the strike. When, however, it goes so far as to prevent acts of ordinary humanity and to make those who offer them its victims; when a physician is abused, beaten and even put in risk of his life for doing his duty when called on, it is time for some pretty positive reprobation. If

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