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Criticism of a Medical Directory.

A. N. Shotwell, M. D.
JAMA. 1898;XXXI(14):802. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450140056012.
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Mount Clemens, Mich., Sept. 22, 1898.

To the Editor:  —There has been a question coming up from time to time as to the reliability of the information published by R. L. Polk & Co., in their "Medical and Surgical Register of the United States." This question has been discussed pro and con, some claiming that it was reliable and others that it was not. It has come to the notice of physicians generally that the names of men were inserted as practicing physicians, whose evidences of having graduated were rather shady; but not until the present year have I known of any instance where they have sought to compel physicians to buy their publication by giving them a bad standing before the public if they did not. That seems to have been done in my case in the present edition without any other motive (further than that as treasurer of


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