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July 30, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(5):247-248. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450050045006

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In these enlightened times, when the great public knows well its rights, and knowing dares maintain, it is indeed rare for one of its members to receive an injury that he does not endeavor to make the party or parties whom he deems responsible for his suffering, compensate him for at least the losses he sustains during his forced retirement from his occupation. Such compensation is an act of justice, and in a majority of cases would be readily met by the company or individual responsible. But the injured man is rarely content with simple justice; his friends and his newspapers have warped his judgment and filled his mind with stories of large sums extorted from companies by men not nearly so severely injured as he imagines himself to be. Not infrequently a lawyer belonging to the "shyster" class arrives at his home before he has a chance of having

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