In a recent decision of the circuit court, Genesee County, Mich., Judge Glenn C. Gillespie upheld the right of the officers of a charitable hospital to determine who should be permitted to treat patients in the institution. In his decision he stated some of the principles that should guide the officers in their action. In passing on the case before the court, however, he held that procedure had not been in accordance with the principles1 which he set forth.
The decision was rendered in a suit brought by Dr. John H. Houton of Flint, Mich., a physician authorized to practice medicine and surgery. Dr. Houton had been denied the privilege of performing a major surgical operation in the Hurley Hospital in Flint. The hospital is a charitable hospital, owned by the city, the management and control of which is delegated by the city charter to a board of hospital