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December 2, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(23):1430-1431. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450750050010

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The privilege of being a colonial subject of Great Britain is highly valued by some on sentimental and patriotic grounds, but it has its drawbacks. The Indian Medical Record calls attention to one of these of interest to our profession. It points out that while the Director General of the Indian Medical Service is offering the munificent compensation of 120 to 200 rupees ($40 to $67) per month to medical men in India for plague duty, the Indian office in London is sending out physicians for the same work on monthly salaries of 700 rupees ($230), who possess no higher qualifications, and are presumably, one might infer, from lack of experience and acclimatization, inferior to those on the spot. To make matters worse the members of the profession in England think this compensation unreasonably low for the services demanded, including as they are assumed to do, the risks of plague,

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