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October 8, 1898

Judge Kohlsaat and the Probate Court.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(15):867. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450150053009

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Chicago, Oct. 3, 1898.

To the Editor:  —As long as the medical profession prides itself on keeping out of politics, it will be discriminated against by the politicians and the courts. The action of Judge Kohlsaat toward our profession and our bills has become so outrageous that it is of vital importance that we take steps to protect ourselves from his lawless treatment. The judge has made some rulings about which every one of us should know and we should thoroughly understand their effects on our welfare. There have been many criticisms of his arbitrary rulings, but two in particular, which are thoroughly authenticated, I will give. It must be understood that only claims against estates come up in the probate court. The two decisions which, according to his own statement, are permanent in his court, are as follows: First: "I will not allow more than one doctor bill against

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