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November 11, 1899

A NOVEL MALPRACTICE SUIT.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(20):1234. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450720050014

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Abstract

At the last session of the Illinois legislature, as may perhaps be remembered by some of the readers of the Journal, a bill was introduced to make it a punishable offense for a physician to fail to respond to a call. It was claimed to be a measure that humanity demanded, and that physicians, who were as a class benefitted by legislation, ought to be compelled to go whenever and wherever called. The bill failed to pass, with a host of other equally idiotic ones, such as have to be killed off in committee in every state legislature, but it would seem that in Indiana some lawyer has a notion that a physician's services are nolens volens, a common law right of whoever demands them and offers a fee. A suit has, it is reported, been brought against a Crawfordsville practitioner for refusing to attend a case, $10,000 damages being

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