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October 5, 1901

THE DISPENSARY EVIL.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(14):916. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470400040008

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Abstract

The Pennsylvania State Medical Society proposes to attack the dispensary abuse in a new way. It asks the state legislature to pass a law requiring all persons seeking aid at dispensaries and other charitable institutions to record their names and addresses over their own signatures, or marks if unable to write, in a book kept for the purpose which shall be open for inspection, and to inflict a penalty upon those who fraudulently receive aid. The plan is certainly simple enough and if made universal by legislative act ought to be effective. Of course, everything would depend upon its faithful execution, and we fear that in the competition for clinical material there may be some chances of failure in this respect. Everything really depends upon the dispensary authorities and to check any possible laches on their part it should be the business of the medical societies on behalf of the

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