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January 19, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(3):188. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470030044005

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According to a Toledo (Ohio) physician, some people in that city have a superstition against paying doctors' bills. They think if they pay him in full they will have to pay him again. "It may be all right," he says, "as a superstition but it is pretty tough on the doctors." This must be a very widespread superstition, and its existence must have been in the mind of the celebrated medical writer who dedicated his works "to all men who are free from superstition." A certain amount of superstition is excusable, in fact it seems almost unavoidable, and the above dedication hits a very limited number of individuals, if indeed any at all, if the term is taken in its widest sense. But the particular form of superstition mentioned above will not be encouraged by the medical profession.

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