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January 4, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(1):39. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480010043010

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It is reported that the executors of the estate of the late President McKinley have felt obliged in the course of their duties to ask for the bills of the physicians who attended him. These bills probably under the law constitute a legal claim which has to be met or waived by the creditors, hence the request. But it is not a matter for surprise that the surgeons are reluctant to send in their bills, which would naturally be large on account of the responsibility assumed and the other peculiar circumstances of the case. However, while the Ohio laws may require this action on the part of the executors, strict justice does not require that what the late President left should be depleted by the charges. He was stricken down at a public function while performing his official duties as President of the United States, not as a private individual,

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