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December 14, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(24):1613. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470500041008

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Evidently things are getting in bad shape in England, if we are to believe the statement made by a correspondent in a recent number of The Lancet. There are rumors that there is a division of the fee among some of the members of the profession here, but this division is between the surgon or the consultant and the family physician of the patient. On the other side, however, they seem to have gone one better and a division of the fee is made with the nurse. According to the correspondent, certain medical men over there are paying sums from a shilling to half the confinement fee, or more, to the nurses in attendance, who, to use their own words, make their living from "following the doctors." This tipping of the nurses is done with the hope that the recipient of the fee will recommend the doctor to future patients

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