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October 12, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(15):982. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470410034008

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The beauties of patronage and exclusive lay control are illustrated by a news item that comes to us from over the water. The Duchess of Sutherland it appears has established a home for crippled children, a useful charity over which she evidently retains the supervision. A staff of doctors have until lately given their attention to the medical needs of the inmates, but very recently the titled patroness or proprietor of the establishment has introduced an hereditary bonesetter to treat them. The medical staff naturally have objected, and what the result will be has not thus far been revealed. The Duchess is herself apparently so well satisfied with the bonesetter that she insists upon his retention, and doubtless, after the manner of the laity, considers the physicians altogether in the wrong for refusing to co-operate —if that is the word—with him. It would seem, aside from the professional point of

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