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Washington, D. C., Aug. 24, 1898.
To the Editor:
—Apropos of the communication on "Malingering" (p. 423, August 20), suits for alleged malpractice are indeed to be deprecated, and it behooves the profession everywhere to stand together in resisting the attacks of the ignorant and the malicious, whether they be directly from the laity or, as is so often the case, inspired by more or less unprincipled and over-zealous "shysters" of the legal profession. On the other hand, when, as in the case cited, the medical practitioner adopts such questionable methods, does he not but reap the penalty of his folly? That a physician should consent "nearly every day, to make some kind of an application to the uterus" of a pronouncedly hysteric woman of neurotic history, "more to satisfy her than for any good it did," is of the very essence of charlatanry. There seems to have been no
Motter MG. Malingering. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(10):548. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450100058016
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