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December 26, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(26):991-993. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02411040009005

Even the worm will turn against the heel that crushes it, and even medical men are beginning to demand some just recognition. The recent attempt in Arkansas by the medical men of a small community to protect themselves from imposition by notifying each other of the individuals who made unremunerative patients is an index of the feeling which is beginning to pervade the profession, and the action of the citizens of that community in organizing to boycott these physicians for doing that which every merchant does when he becomes a subscriber to a commercial agency, shows only too clearly how like slaves the profession is regarded by a certain portion of the community.

Certainly it is true, that the profession as a whole is punctiliously mindful of the dictates of humanity. So true is this that a single slip in this direction by a physician, even if his action be