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February 2, 1901

Dividing the Fee.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(5):335. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470050039014

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Montpelier, Ind., Jan. 25, 1901.

To the Editor:  —The Chicago Times-Herald, in its issue of yesterday, contained an article on "The Doctors at Odds on Divided Fees." This appeals so strongly to a common sense of justice that I wish to take sides with those physicians who are opposed to the fee dividing scheme, and endorse as emphatically as I can their reasons for not wanting to reduce the profession to a commercial basis.Some time ago I received a circular letter, and you may well imagine my disgust and chagrin when I read it. It evidently had emanated from one who fully understood the financial side of the "fee dividing" problem. This would-be surgeon—I say would-be, as no reputable one would send out such a communication—with a great wealth of rhetorical diction, intimated the injustice of not dividing the fee with the man who had brains enough to diagnose

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