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November 22, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(21):1326. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480470036008

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The arrest in New York City, November 4, of the superintendent of the Willard Parker Hospital for Contagious Diseases, five physicians and two attendants attached to the institution, on the charge of illegal voting, was for an ingenious reason. According to the New York Medical Journal, "no question was raised as to the good faith of the prisoners, the point being taken by the prosecution that under the law physicians resident in hospitals who receive compensation from the city are classed as paupers and not entitled to vote." This astonishing state of affairs leads one to suspect political intrigue, rather than to believe the law to exist as stated. Anywhere but New York this would be taken as an unusually daring piece of political bluff. Our contemporary, however, is alarmed, and such phrases as "inviolable rights," "liberty is infringed upon," "deplorable tendency" and "government become a despotism" punctuate the editorial.

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