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December 10, 1898

The Commission Evil.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(24):1429. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450240045011

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Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 30, 1898.

To the Editor;  —The editorial in the Journal of November 12, on the "Commission Evil," sounds very much as though the writer had stumbled upon the unpleasant fact that some of his friends were engaged in the disreputable practice mentioned. The protest seems a very mild one if the evil is as wide spread as the writer claims. Dr. Morris' communication in the last issue (videJournal, p. 1314) affords the pleasant assurance that specialists in the East are still in sight, at least, of the ancient traditions. Unfortunately some of our western towns have become so infected with this evil that no honest, self-respecting specialist would dare make the effort to establish himself if he knew the facts. For the past few years, in this city, a patient with an eye bandaged could not walk our down-town streets without being approached by runners with

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