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September 30, 1899

NO COMMERCIALISM IN SWEDEN.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(14):865. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450660055008

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Abstract

The medical profession in Sweden enjoys a most enviable existence, if we are to believe a writer in the British Medical Journal. This gentleman writes to call attention to the commercialism which he thinks is too prevalent in England, especially objecting to the habit of putting up one's own prescriptions, selling and buying practices, etc. As a contrast, he calls attention to the professional sensitiveness of the Swedish doctors, who do not even send bills for their attendance. "Most Swedish families send their doctor a check once a year; the amount varies according to their means. The doctor does not send a receipt but simply his card, `with many thanks and wishes for a happy New Year.'" This, we repeat, indicates a very enviable condition for the Swedish doctor, but we are afraid it would not "go" here. We opine the butter would be very thin on the bread of

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