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March 23, 1901

The Physician and Commercialism.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(12):825. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470120049014

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Chicago, March 1, 1901.

To the Editor:  —The recent commendable action of the Chicago Medical Society (The Journal, February 2, p. 331) in so emphatically taking a stand against the much discussed division of specialist's fees, is to be, the writer trusts, only the first move toward a more thorough and rigid ethical introspection. For it is only by such decisive action that every member of the profession can be made to appreciate how insidious and dangerous has been the progress of commercialism in medicine.Recent stock in a mineral springs company has been offered to—and, indeed, purchased by—some of our leading physicians at a very advantageous price. It being explained to the physician visited, by the solicitor for the company, that the water is practically pure—there is no doubt the spring furnishes good water—that he can without hesitation recommend it to his patients, that the sale of the water

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