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April 2, 1898

An Open Letter.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(14):802-803. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440660050009

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Read before the Boston Medical Society, March 15, 1898, by R. K. Noyes, M.D., and unanimously approved and adopted by the Society, and recommended for publication.

To the Trustees, the Superintendents, the Staffs, and the Medical Officers of the Hospitals and Dispensaries of Boston.

Dear sirs and gentlemen:  —The members of the Boston Medical Society feel constrained to present for your respectful consideration certain facts and conditions, which seem to have an intimate relation to the construction and to the solution of the problem which is known as the " abuse of medical charity."It is hardly necessary to say that the problem in question, which, at the present time, so frequently comes to the attention of the medical profession in all large centers of population, has, on the one hand, features which are perplexing as well as delicate, and, on the other hand, features which are nevertheless exasperating and

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