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November 30, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(22):1468-1469. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470480038008

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Recently our news columns have contained reports of the forming of medico-business organizations in various parts of the country, their objects being to protect their members against dead-beatism—to coin a word. Some of them have adopted a rule of fining any member who professionally attends those who are blacklisted. It seems that it might be possible to devise a better method than this for self-protection. It has the unpleasant flavor of some of the tyrannous methods of trades-unionism, which as members of an honorable and learned profession we will do well not to adopt. All our humanitarian traditions are against such a course and upon the proper maintenance of these depends much of our self-respect as well as the respect in which we are held by the public. No medical practitioner can profitably sacrifice his time and services for ingrates and dead-beats, and this alone ought to be sufficient to

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