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December 22, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(25):1633. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460510041006

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"Death from bowel trouble and a complication of doctors," was the verdict of a coroner's jury in a recent ease in Aurora, Ill. It appears that six physicians were called in at different times, and several more were sent for, but failed to come, most of them without any knowledge of the services of the others. The patient's condition was apparently not considered dangerous until toward the last, and it is quite possible that it suddenly took a serious turn. There was probably no glaring error in diagnosis on the part of any one of those who were called and who, it may be reasonably presumed. did only what might safely be done for such a case as apparently existed. The verdict therefore is a rather gratuitous insult to the medical profession, and was probably intended as such. It, however, points a moral, which is generally applicable, namely, the necessity

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