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August 26, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(9):553-554. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450610055013

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Dr. Horsley's—we call him Doctor on general principles—report to the registered practitioners of England and Wales, in the British Medical Jornal, August 5, is in some respects interesting reading. It states facts that are not specially creditable to the president and some other officials of the General Medical Council, a body which it would seem from this document has been altogether too much interested in the preservation of abuses instead of reforming them. Appreciating the fact that Dr. Horsely would be a disturbing element in this state of affairs, an embargo was laid by the president on him or any other member having access to documents, and this was supported by a misleading opinion of the legal adviser, and the council therefore supported the presiding officer. This prevented him from discovering and thwarting the scandalous prosecution of Dr. Hunter, which he shows was carried out by the penal committee and

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