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September 23, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(13):800-801. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450650050012

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A medical officer in New York City has recently made a public accusation against the surgical staff of the local hospitals, that operations are needlessly and carelessly performed in these institutions. The charge has naturally been resented, not only by the accused surgeons but by at least one of the leading lay papers, which editorially takes up the gauntlet in favor of the hospital staffs. The accusation appears to have been a general one, though, so far as stated, it is based on the coroner's physicians' interpretation of a case where he claims the diagnosis was wrong and the operation unnecessary, and another where he charges neglect in a case of fractured skull. It would seem, at least, an inconsiderate act for a physician holding an official position to offer general criticism involving, as it were, the professional character of men whose standing in the profession is certainly higher than

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