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March 26, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(13):399-400. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411170025008

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The profession is pretty well disciplined to expect to hear of assaults on medical men by insane persons or patients. But for them to be assailed by persons in normal mental condition is fortunately a decidedly rare occurrence. An incident of this latter kind, however, is said to have transpired at Chattanooga, Tennessee, February 24. A man and his wife took part in the onslaught, which was made in the public street, with a cowhide. The physician is spoken of as holding an important position in one of the colleges of the city and as a man of prominence in his calling. The assaulted party made a vigorous defense and succeeded in breaking away from these people and in subsequently having them brought in court. The explanation of the affair, as it came out at the hearing before the justice, was that these assailants had employed the doctor to treat

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