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April 12, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(15):945. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480150039009

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For several months the newspapers have been printing absurd stories regarding the bills sent in by the physicians and surgeons in attendance on the late President McKinley. Some of these stories were so obviously fictitious that no one who had given the matter thought could believe them. We have been told that the total amount of the bills would figure up to $250,000 and from this down to one-fifth of this figure. Unjust comments on these estimates and unpleasant and caustic criticisms, based on ignorance, have been indulged in and an impression has been created in the public mind that we are to have a repetition of the Garfield experience of large claims and extensive cutting down in the Congressional appropriations. President McKinley, while in the line of his duty, was shot by the assassin Czolgosz, and the expenses of his treatment are therefore properly a public charge and it

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