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Dispensing versus Prescribing.

Elisha Sears Lewis, M.D.
JAMA. 1906;XLVII(26):2170. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520260040011.
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Princeton, Mass., Dec. 11, 1906.

To the Editor:  —A judgment made according to the merit of the argument in Dr. Fussell's article, "Dispensing versus Prescribing," in The Journal, Dec. 1, 1906, would certainly maintain that prescribing is more advantageous than dispensing, both to the patient and the physician. If we allow that his statement purports the fact, we immediately claim that the grade of work done by the country physician is inferior to that done by the city physician.Dr. Fussell says: "I can see no way at present for the country doctor to work except by dispensing." Be it true or not that the average medical man in the city is superior to the professional man of the outlying districts, i is indeed not necessary that there should be any difference in progress between two equally ambitious persons. To counterbalance hospital opportunity, the man in the country continually faces


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