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June 18, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(25):789. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411290027006

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It not infrequently happens that a physician is called upon to give his sole attention to a single patient. This is especially the case where a medical man is called to some distant point to do an operation or to give advice as a consultant. Or again, a physician may be led to give his services to an invalid who must needs be attended when travelling from one place to another.

So far as we know, the unit-measure of value for such exclusive services has never been authoritatively or legally settled. Is there any unit or per diem charge which can be stated as just and proper—in default of an explicit and mutual agreement made beforehand?

A noteworthy case has recently been made public which affords a partial solution to the problem. A law-suit in New York City and the outcome of a jury's prolonged deliberations has been one of

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