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May 13, 1899

THE DISPENSARY ABUSE.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450460051022

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Abstract

The Governor of the State of New York has signed a bill, which therefore becomes a law, and it is to be hoped that it will help to prevent one of the well-known abuses of medical charity. It provides that all dispensaries shall be incorporated and governed by rules and regulations framed by the State board of charities, by which body they shall be controlled. Each dispensary must have a license and must properly guard against unworthy applicants, any violation of this rule on the part of the dispensary or its patients being made a misdemeanor subject to a fine of from $10 to $250. Such a law properly enforced will be of inestimable service to the profession, and indirectly to the public in enforcing a better standard of self-respect upon those whose example is at present demoralizing. When millionairesses can take advantage of charity without rebuke, what can be

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