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October 5, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(14):916-917. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470400040009

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The Commissioner of Pensions recently sent out to all examining pension boards a circular-letter calling attention to certain abuses. He sent his letters broadcast to avoid laying open to personal attacks those particular boards he had in mind. It appears that there has been in some quarters a serious carelessness, to say the least; twenty applications for example made at once from one section of the country were all certified as cases of heart disease. This aroused suspicion and special examinations by disinterested physicians ordered by the commissioner revealed no heart disease in any of the cases. Other similar experiences led to the dismissal of certain boards and the issuance of this letter. The public generally has a conviction that there is a vast amount of fraud in the pension business, and the publication of such facts as these confirm it. It seems that there are members of our profession

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