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February 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(5):328. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480050042008

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The evil of club practice that is beginning to be felt in some places in this country is a matter that the laity as well is the profession would do well to consider. No class of service can be obtained forever for less than its real value; as the old darkey preacher said, apologizing for his small remuneration, if it was poor pay it was also "mighty poor preach." With the general disapprobation of the medical profession towards the practice it is not likely that many really able and competent physicians will take up with it for any length of time, and it is a sure rule that overwork and poor pay will not breed conscientious and skilful practitioners. There is, moreover, no inspection of or control over the product of a "sweated" doctor; the one who avails himself of his dubious services will have to take his chances, and

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