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June 8, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(23):1629. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470230031007

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The practice of medicine is not considered usually as the most rapid method of building up a fortune, and there is no general impression that is better supported by facts. Occasionally, however, like thunder out of a clear sky, something happens that apparently reverses the order of things, and such has just been reported by the Chicago dailies. What is said to be one of the largest claims ever filed against an estate in the local probate court is the charge of $100,000, by a woman physician of Chicago, against the estate of a millionaire who died in June, 1900, for medical attendance and services under an alleged special contract, according to which she was to care for him as long as he lived. It is not the size of the bill alone that astounds one, but the apparent attending circumstances. She graduated in the spring of 1897. The millionaire

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